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Far from Over: STDs Have Made a Comeback

February 16, 2017

(Managed Care Magazine) – The CDC estimates that, at any given time, more than 100 million Americans have an STD. Roughly 20 million new cases occur each year, with half of those affecting young people between the ages of 15 and 24. In addition, one quarter of sexually active adolescent females have an STD. Blacks and men who have sex with men also tend to have a higher prevalence of STDs. The incidence is increasing. In 2015, the last year for which a full tally is available, more than 1.5 million new chlamydia cases were reported to the CDC, a 6% jump from 2014, according to the CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2015 report. Gonorrhea cases reported to the federal agency climbed nearly 13%, to almost 400,000, while syphilis cases soared 19%, to almost 24,000.

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