Rates of sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in Washington


As The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases the latest national STD rankings, Louisiana's presence on the list, though shockingly high, is better than it had been in previous years.

The CDC's report is based on data from 2017 to 2018, and it shows a shocking number of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia cases across the nation.

A rise in the prevalence and incidence of STDs can come with serious public health consequences and concerns, including infertility, drug-resistant gonorrhea and congenital syphilis, which can cause infant death.

583,405 cases of gonorrhea; 63% increase since 2014. The amount of reported syphilis cases is ascension when being mostly on the decline since 1941, and social disease rates are now increasing.

The CDC found that five states were responsible for 70-percent of the congenital syphilis cases in newborns a year ago: Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California.

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Pregnant women were included in the high risk category because of the unsafe consequences STD's can have on unborn babies.

The WHO found that one in every 25 people worldwide has at least one of these four STDs, namely chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis or "trich" and syphilis. A new bulletin by the CDC paints a particularly dire picture of sexual health in the United States, with some diseases reaching levels not seen for nearly 20 years, and others reaching legitimate all-time highs. However, nowadays, most local departments-faced with increasing caseloads and limited funding-track only syphilis cases, and sometimes track only syphilis cases involving women of childbearing age or women who are pregnant, according to KHN. The state had only a single reported case from 2013 through 2017.

"It's very concerning", said John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Harvey added, "ST [I] s have real health and human costs".

Health officers are raising alarm a few rises in STDs across the United States.