A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that STD cases in the U.S. have reached new heights for the fourth consecutive year in a row. The report also underlines that the new findings have more cause for concern for women than men.
The new reports show an alarming climb in the diagnosis rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
— CDC (@CDCgov) August 28, 2018
According to the CDC, in 2017, almost 2.3 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the U.S. The rising numbers include a 76 percent growth in cases of syphilis diagnosis, 1.7 million cases of chlamydia in 2017 alone — half of which affected women ages 15-24, and a 67 percent increase of gonorrhea diagnosis. In 2017, over 230,000 women were diagnosed with gonorrhea, an STD which is becoming immune to today’s antibiotic medications and can cause infertility, pregnancy complications while also increasing a person’s susceptibility to HIV if gone untreated.
Experts have drawn the conclusion that the alarming jump in numbers is indicative of our country’s severe lack of health care and education resources.
In response to the report which came out on Wednesday, Dr. Gillian Dean, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood underlined that what the study truly spotlights is the fact that “too many people aren’t getting the health care and education they need in order to keep themselves healthy.”
These numbers come at a time when the Trump administration has continued to pursue their fervent effort to target and defund family planning resources, such as Planned Parenthood, which works to treat and prevent the spread of STDs. In fact, in cohesion with the study released this week, the White House made an announcement of their own which included their plan to end the current funding period for grants awarded to organizations like Planned Parenthood by March 2019. In the past, funding periods have run for three years. In a write-up on the Trump Administration’s big cutback, The Hill highlights that the change “suggests the administration might be planning to wrap up a proposed regulation that would revise the requirements for receiving Title X funding” for the new period. Undoubtedly, this change is an effort to slash funding for groups that help women and men seeking abortions to ultimately prevent funding being provided to Planned Parenthood.