Medicine

Kansas sees rise in syphilis cases, newborns with disease

Kansas sees rise in syphilis cases, newborns with disease

The case rate spiked 40 percent in one year alone and 185 percent since 2014. "Those deaths are completely preventable". And though chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are the three most commonly reported STDs in the country, many people catch these diseases but go undiagnosed, often because they never display any symptoms.

Why? The CDC cites numerous potential reasons, including poverty, drug use, decreases in condom use, and stigma surrounding STDs. STDs drive a substantial portion of new HIV transmission, and the STD prevention infrastructure, including public clinics across the United States, is critical to the success of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative - for delivering testing and prevention services, including access to PrEP.

Many experts believe funding cuts are a critical factor, according to Fred Wyand, communications director for the nonprofit American Sexual Health Association.

Together these 3 sexually transmitted diseases accounted for over 2.4 million cases in America, this represents an all time record high on all three conditions since data was first collected in 1984.

In 2018, there were 25,344 cases of syphilis reported in the state, a 265% increase from 10 years ago. Of those infants, 94 died - up from 77 deaths in 2017.

More news: Ahead of Offensive, Turkey Says it Strikes Syria-Iraq Border

Alaska ranked highest per capita among states for chlamydia - something it has done since tracking began in 1996 - and second for gonorrhea.

"We have an STD crisis in the U.S. because prevention programs were sold short for years", says David C. Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). According to the data, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia cases are continuing to increase throughout California and are at the highest levels in 30 years.

CDPH is collaborating with local health departments and organizations throughout the state to coordinate efforts to control STDs, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV).

Antibiotics can cure syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. STDs can have life-changing and life-threatening consequences, including infertility, cancer, ectopic pregnancy, and pelvic inflammatory disease. "It's a smart bug", Torrone noted. "Hopefully, they are", she said. We also call on HHS to ensure that its Federal Action Plan on STIs, announced earlier this year, is finalized and implemented urgently.