2016 marked the highest number of chlamdyia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reports in the United States…ever. Among those top reports was host-state Georgia.
More than 2 million Americans reported the sexually transmitted diseases to their health care providers last year, according to the most recent CDC health report released in September.
For comparison, Georgia was ranked sixth for chlamydia rates (570.8 per 100,000 people) in 2015, seventh for gonorrhea rates (158.3 per 100,000) in 2015, and number two for primary and secondary syphilis rates (14 per 100,000) in 2015.
From the report:
- Youth aged 15-24 continue to make up most reported chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, and are now experiencing syphilis increases.
- Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to face the highest rates of syphilis and HIV co-infection. Data from the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN) also suggest
gonorrhea rates have increased among MSM for five years.
- Pregnant women are experiencing some of the harshest outcomes from untreated STDs with the continued surge of congenital syphilis (CS) – where cases rise to numbers unseen since 1998.
Chlamydia│1.59 million cases; 4.7% rate increase since 2015
Gonorrhea│ 468,514 cases; 18.5% rate increase since 2015
Early Syphilis│27,814 cases; 17.6% rate increase since 2015
Congenital Syphilis│628 cases; 27.6% rate increase since 2015
For every 100,000 people, there are 614.6 diagnosed with chlamydia.
For every 100,000 people, there are 201.2 diagnosed with gonorrhea.
For every 100,000 people, there are 13.2 diagnosed with either type of syphilis.