Based on the latest reports, STD rates are increasing across the United States, especially in states such as Ohio. More precisely, many Americans are currently suffering from syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
According to the officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the syphilis cases increased by 19 percent from 2014 to 2015. Also, the STD rates of Ohio, especially of gonorrhea and chlamydia, have increased during the past five years.
Ohio is currently the 16th state regarding chlamydia cases per 100,000 citizens. Furthermore, the U.S. average chlamydia rates were of 478.8 cases per 100,000 citizens. Worse, the gonorrhea statistics because Ohio ranks 12th on highest rates throughout the country.
More precisely, 16,564 people became infected in 2015, at a rate of around 143 per 100,000, while the national average was about 124, with approximatively 20 fewer cases. Unfortunately, the STD numbers increased in 2016 based on the latest reports from the Ohio Department of Health.
Between January and June 2016, around 2,000 more people fell sick compared with the statistics from 2014 and 2015. On the other hand, chlamydia increased with 30,077 new cases between January and June 2016, compared to 26,646 (2014), and 27,171 (2015).
According to Melanie Amato, an ODH information officer, these rates can mean two things: either more Americans go for medical check-ups more often, or these diseases are being transmitted even more.
The Ohio public health officials will double their efforts to find out more about these conditions and to address this issue. Also, newly infected people will receive immediate treatment, and those at risk will be provided with prevention tips including testing.
Based on the CDC reports, the STD rates in 2014 represented the first increase since 2006. More precisely, these diseases often occurred in bisexual and gay men. According to CDC experts, these men made up of a staggering 83 percent of all reported cases.
In addition to this, 51 percent of people with syphilis were also tested HIV-positive in 2014. Syphilis can lead to genital sores, making it easily transmissible while sick people are also at a higher risk of contracting HIV.
That is why public health officials have doubled their efforts to raise awareness and inform people about the risks of getting infected with an STD.
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