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3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again in US

3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again in US Photo: MGN

Updated: October 08, 2019 11:28 AM

U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year.

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017.

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It's the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing.

About 580,000 gonorrhea cases were reported. That's the highest number since 1991. The rate rose 5 percent. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor

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And the syphilis rate rose 15 percent. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported - also the most since 1991.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Tuesday.

The increases coincided with public health funding cuts and clinic closures.

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