According to the CDC, much of the rise was driven by increases in cases in the Western US.Between 20, Western states saw an astounding 366 percent rise in congenital syphilis.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.Syphilis can show up on the body in sores and rashes. They’re all generally easy to cure with a timely antibiotics prescription, but when left untreated, they can lead to infertility or life-threatening health complications.There are 50,000 fewer public health jobs since 2008, and many STD clinics have had to reduce their hours or shut down.STD clinics were a traditional safety net for people with these diseases, Bolan noted.
But other groups are now catching up too, especially women and babies when it comes to syphilis. But here are a few ideas, according to experts: 1) There’s been a rise in condomless sex among men who have sex with men: Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are generally more at risk for STDs than women and men who have sex with women only.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.According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in the United States in 2016 — the highest cumulative number ever recorded.The leap in cases in just one year is truly eye-popping.
But that’s changing, and with more women getting the disease, their babies are at risk too.