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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC have released in their annual report that the nation’s most common sexually transmitted diseases have become slightly less common for the first time in well over three decades. However, a rare but highly contagious form of STD has seen a rapid rise as well.
Chlamydia fell by 1.5 % last year according to the report but it is still the most widespread STD and 1.4 million new cases were reported. It causes infection and if not treated timely, it can damage a woman’s reproductive system. This infection can be cured easily by administering antibiotics.
Syphilis, one of its most contagious forms rose about 10 percent. Syphilis is quite common among men especially among gay men who accounted for 75 % of the diagnosed cases in 2013. It can also be treated easily by the use of antibiotics, but if not treated in due time, it can lead to blindness, paralysis and stroke. It can also increase risks for HIV.
Gonorrhea declined also but by less than 1 percent. A new form of this STD has also gained fame because of its drug resistant abilities.
CDC also stated that all sexually active individuals including pregnant women should opt for annual screening for all STDs. In addition to this, the use of safe-sex practices and condom use can significantly lower the chances of catching STDs.