That’s what makes screening and access to health care so important.The increase in cases between 20 across all three diseases was significant, and represents changing disease dynamics.Traditionally, when a person is diagnosed with a serious STD, a public health official would call or go and meet with his or her sexual partners to talk about getting tested and on potential treatment.But with more anonymous sexual encounters, it’s becoming harder and harder to track down people’s partners and notify them that they might have an STD.The CDC keeps finding that rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, the group that’s been targeted for routine chlamydia screening. 5) Cuts to public health funding mean fewer STD clinics: Public health in the US — which includes operating STD clinics where people can get tested and into treatment — is historically underfunded.(As of 2012, only 3 percent of the health budget went to public health measures; the rest went mostly to personal health care.) And since the global financial crisis, public health funding has really taken a battering.Between 20, the rate of: To appreciate just how astonishing the trends are, consider that as recently as a decade ago, these STDs were at historic lows or near elimination, with more and better screening and diagnostics to help identify cases and get people into treatment.
The leap in cases in just one year is truly eye-popping.So the STD rate increases across the country may have less to do with a changing sexual landscape, and more to do with more limited access to sexual health care.With Trump’s proposed public health budget cuts, the problem may be poised to get worse.“And if the epidemic in men who have sex with men gets big enough, which is what is happening, there are enough people who have sex with both men and women that it won’t be possible to contain it.” 2) STDs are spreading more broadly and into populations that weren’t traditionally affected — like babies: The CDC report shows that more women are getting syphilis these days, and they’re passing it to their babies.
When an expectant mother is infected with the disease, and goes undiagnosed and untreated, the bacteria can get into her bloodstream and move through her placenta to her baby.
So what’s behind the spread of these diseases here? (The majority of new syphilis and gonorrhea cases occurred among men, and in particular, men who have sex with men.) And there’s been some concern about a shift toward riskier sexual behaviors in this group — like not wearing condoms — that may be contributing to the rise in STDs.