Well, this sucks: Chlamydia is on the rise in the U.S., and rates continue to climb in 2011.
This is referring to those that are diagnosed, of course, as there's no real way of knowing how bad the issue is with those who aren't. The jump in diagnosis is probably because of increased screening and more sensitive tests. Better news is that rates of syphilis remained unchanged and rates of gonorrhea stayed at near-historic lows.
The CDC says young people and gay and bisexual men are most affected by STDs, with gay and bisexual men making up nearly 72 percent of all cases of syphilis. Young people had the most cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea.
If you forgot how serious these STDs are, let us remind you: untreated, gonorrhea and chlamydia cause infertility, and syphilis can lead to serious long-term complications, including brain, heart and organ damage.
Wear protection and get tested!!
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