Everyone loves a comeback, unless the thing making a triumphant return happens to be a sexually transmitted disease. Unfortunately for people in America, there has been a "steep and sustained" spike in STDs, according to a government report.
For the fourth year in a row, cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia have all increased in 2007, reported CBS News, making it the fourth straight year in which STD infections continued to rise.
"The United States continues to have the highest STD rates in the industrialized world," David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, told CBS. "We are in the midst of an absolute STD public health crisis in this country. It's a crisis that has been in the making for years."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said medical professionals fear gonorrhea could soon become resistant to all current antibiotics.
More than four percent of gonorrhea samples now are resistant to azithromycin (Zithromax), one of two antibiotics now used to cure the bacterial infection, according to the CDC.
"The finding adds to the complexities of gonorrhea treatment," said Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the CDC's Division of STD Prevention. "Our nation must plan for the future. Our nation urgently needs additional treatment options for gonorrhea."
"After decades of declining STDs, in recent years we've been sliding backwards," Bolan said.
While experts are still trying to determine the reasoning behind the STD spike, some speculate young people are exposed to the diseases because of dating app culture. Meeting and sleeping with more partners increases the risk of contracting an STD. Likewise, people often stop talking to or delete the numbers of people they’ve met on dating apps, making it more difficult to communicate if a disease has been discovered.
In the U.K., an English woman has been diagnosed with a rare sexually transmitted disease that can destroy genital tissue, known as donovanosis, reported the Liverpool Echo. Donovanosis, which was described as "a chronic cause of genital ulceration" which "bleeds readily to the touch,” can be treated with antibiotics.
The good news is, there are ways to avoid getting an STD. Unprotected sex is the enemy, unless you've talked with your partner about the last time they've been tested.
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