CDC: Urgent Action Needed Against STD ‘Epidemic’ in Teens

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Despite growing awareness, incidences of sexually transmitted diseases are rising alarmingly among US teens and this has led to an alarming increase in cases of newborn syphilis. According to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report by the CDC released this week, the combined cases of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea were at an all-time high among teenagers in the US in 2018. Tragically, this has also led to a 22 percent increase in newborn deaths related to congenital syphilis when compared to 2017.

“STDs can come at a high cost for babies and other vulnerable populations,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “Curbing STDs will improve the overall health of the nation and prevent infertility, HIVClose up of a young couple sitting on a bench, holding a tab and a smartphone, and infant deaths.”

 

There is a 40 percent increase in congenital syphilis cases, which mirrors the trend among women across the reproductive age. Terming this as an epidemic, the CDC called for immediate action from all stakeholders. It recommended timely screening, strengthening the public health infrastructure and directing resources for effective treatment.

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Paromita Datta covers the latest health and wellness trends for Organic Facts. An ex-journalist who specialized in health and entertainment news, Paromita was responsible for managing a health supplement for The New Indian Express, a leading national daily in India. She has completed her post-graduation in Business Administration from the University of Rajasthan and her diploma in journalism from YMCA, Delhi. She is currently pursuing an e-course, Introduction to Food and Health, from Standford University, US.

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