CDC: STDs rates highest in recent history, chlamydia makes highest jump

By Claire Kowalick, Wichita Falls Times Record News

Despite an increase to availability of preventive health care, in 2017 the United States saw the most sexually transmitted diseases to date according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2017, the most recent data reported, there were dramatic increases in gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia.

In the country, there were 2,365,744 reported cases of these three diseases with chlamydia making up more than half of the reports (1,708,569 cases of chlamydia).

Total cases of these two STDs in the U.S. in 1941 was 679,028. Reporting on chlamydia did not begin until 1984 when there were 7,594 cases of the disease.