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"STD rates are rising, and many
of the country's systems for
preventing STDs have eroded.
We must mobilize, rebuild and
expand services - or the human and
economic burden will continue to
In recent years, more than half
of state and local STD programs
have experienced budget cuts,
resulting in more than 20 health
department STD clinic closures in
one year alone. Fewer clinics mean
reduced access to STD testing and
treatment for those who need these
Chlamydia, gonorrhea and
syphilis are curable with antibiotics.
Widespread access to screening
and treatment would reduce their
spread. Most STD cases continue
to go undiagnosed and untreated,
putting individuals at risk for
severe and often irreversible health
consequences, including infertility,
chronic pain and increased risk
for HIV. STDs also impose a
substantial economic burden: CDC
estimates STD cases cost the U.S.
healthcare system nearly $16 billion
each year.
Young people and gay and
bisexual men continue to face the
greatest risk of becoming infected
with an STD, and there continue
to be troubling increases in syphilis
among newborns.
"The health outcomes of
syphilis - miscarriage, stillbirth,
blindness or stroke - can be
devastating," Dr. Gail Bolan,
Director of CDC's Division
of STD Prevention, said. "The
resurgence of congenital syphilis
and the increasing impact of
syphilis among gay and bisexual
men makes it clear that many
Americans are not getting the
preventive services they need.

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Every pregnant woman should be tested
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The 2015 data show:
* Americans ages 15 to 24 years
old accounted for nearly two-thirds of
chlamydia diagnoses and half of gonorrhea
* Men who have sex with men

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(MSM) accounted for the majority of
new gonorrhea and P&S syphilis cases
(82 percent of male cases with known
gender of sex partner). Antibioticresistant gonorrhea may be higher
among MSM.
* Women's rate of syphilis
diagnosis increased by more than 27
percent from 2014 to 2015. Reported
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