November 18, 2011
Chlamydia Tops List As Most Reported STD
According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans with chlamydia do not know they have it, and it is the top sexually transmitted disease (STD) reported to public health authorities.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual report on sexually transmitted diseases, which tracks cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, has shown widespread disparities.
The report said that the number two reported STD is gonorrhea, although the rates for this STD have remained near the record low.
Some experts believe that gonorrhea may be becoming resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the disease.
The report said that 1.3 million chlamydia cases were reported to the CDC in 2010, which is the highest amount ever. It also said that there are 426 reported cases of chlamydia per 100,000 Americans.
According to the CDC, about 8 percent of U.S. women ages 15 to 24 test positive for chlamydia at family planning clinics.
The rate of the STD is over eight times higher in African American women than the rate among white women. However, the growth rate of reported cases of chlamydia is growing about the same speed for both races.
The CDC did report that the syphilis rate went down for the first time in 10 years, but the rate among African-American men has gone up 134 percent over the past five years.
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