Sexually transmitted infections hit record high in 2016

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Diagnoses of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis hit a record high in the U.S. in 2016 — totaling over 2 million — according to a new CDC report.

Chlamydia accounted for 1.6 million cases, gonorrhea for 470,000, and primary and secondary syphilis for 28,000. From 2015 to 2016, chlamydia diagnoses increased by 5%, and gonorrhea and syphilis cases by nearly 19%.

Chlamydia was still most prevalent among young females. In addition, gonorrhea and syphilis continue to affect more men than women — in particular, men who have sex with men. Despite this, syphilis showed a 36% increase among women and a 28% increase among newborns; in 2016, there were more than 600 cases of congenital syphilis, resulting in over 40 deaths.

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