Sexually transmitted infections on the rise

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The news in this year’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on sexually transmitted diseases is not good. The number of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the United States increased between 2013 and 2014, after being on the decline for several years. Cases of syphilis, which have been on the rise for the last decade, shot up in 2014.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the three most common STDs in the United States that are also notifiable, meaning health departments are required to report new cases to the CDC. (HIV and shigella are also notifiable STDs.) “This is a bare minimum of the number of infections occurring in the U.S.,” said Dr. Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, and lead author of the report, which was released recently.

The numbers in India are not much better either. Public awareness has to be increased and the veil of secrecy and taboo around VD’s in India has to be lifted especially in rural parts.

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Sexually transmitted infections on the rise

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