USA Today (12.13.12)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared new data on December 13 that indicates the number of infections from the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea increased from 2010 to 2011 in the United States. “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011” reported the incidence of these and other STDs among the US population. Hillard Weinstock, an author of the report, stated that the groups most affected include “gay and bisexual men as well as young people.”
The number of gonorrhea cases reported in 2011 totaled 321,849, which represents a 4 percent increase over 2010. Women who have gonorrhea may develop pelvic inflammatory disease that can cause infertility. The rate of chlamydia in the United States rose by 8 percent, with a total of 1.4 infections in 2011. Seventy-two percent of the nation’s 13,970 syphilis cases in 2011 occurred among men who have sex with men. Syphilis can result in paralysis, dementia, and death. The incidence of syphilis remained unchanged from 2010 to 2011.
The full report, “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011,” was published online at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats11/default.htm?s_CID=govd-std-002.