CDC: STDs Increase Among Young People, No One Is Blaming Tinder

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting the number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are increasing at an “alarming rate” in the U.S., particularly in young adults.

In a report by the CDC, STD cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all went up in 2014. Cases of chlamydia, the most common infection, has climbed to unprecedented levels, according to government officials.

Chlamydia cases totaled 1.4 million last year or 454 per 100,000 people. While this is only a 2.8 percent increase over 2013, it was the highest number of cases ever reported to the agency.

Total reported 2014 cases of gonorrhea were 350,062, a five percent increase over 2013. Meanwhile, syphilis reported cases were up 15 percent, to 20,000 cases. The CDC says the syphilis rates were highest among gay and bisexual men.

CDC reports STDs on the rise in the US. [Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images]Dr. Jonathan Mermin with the CDC believes the rising rates of STDs should be a wakeup call for action. “America’s worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention,” he commented.

Most At Risk For STDs

While men are largely responsible for the overall increase of all three STDs, women and young adults are the most at risk. The CDC recommends annual screenings, but the agency also encourages sexual health and STD education for women and young people.