CDC: Rates of syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea on the rise

The New York Times (11/18, McNeil, Subscription Publication) says that a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that “syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are rising at alarming rates.” Between 2013 and 2014, physicians reported a 15 percent increase in syphilis infections, a 5 percent increase in gonorrhea cases, and a 3 percent increase in chlamydia cases, the report found. The CDC said the diseases pose “a substantial health challenge.” Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s STD Prevention Division, “said there was ‘no single answer’ for the increase, but noted several factors.”

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