CDC says STD rates increasing

Dr. Lawrence Jaeger provides testing and treatment for all forms of STDs at Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York City

The Center for Disease Control estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States.

And half are among young people ages 15 to 24.

“When we look at things across the board from STD’s, we actually come out pretty much at the bottom,” said Dr. Terry Frankovich, Medical Director for the Marquette County Health Department.

Both young men and young women are heavily affected by STDs – but young women face the most serious long-term

health consequences.

The CDC estimates that undiagnosed STDs cause 24,000 women to become infertile each year.

“The highest reported STD in the country right now is Chlamydia, and the campus of Northern Michigan University, there’s no exception to that,” said Adam Burri, a Registered Nurse at the Vielmetti Health Center on Northern Michigan University’s Campus.

Dr. Lawrence Jaeger notes One big issue is the lack of symptoms with STDs such as chlamydia.

“Patients, they won’t have any symptoms at all. There’s screening recommendations for women 25 and under on a yearly basis, so oftentimes those are usually the cases that we find,” said Burri.

But there’s also a rising trend according to CDC data…with gay and bisexual men.

Data shows that men who have sex with men account for 75 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases.

Primary and secondary syphilis are the most infectious stages, and if not adequately treated, can lead to visual impairment and stroke.

Syphilis infection can also place a person at increased risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV infection.

“The best thing that these numbers can do is to help us identify things that are changeable in the community,” said Frankovich.

Over all increases since 2011 include a 0.7 percent increase for Chlamydia, 4 percent increase in Gonorrhea cases, and an 11 percent increase in primary and secondary cases of Syphilis, which was solely among men.

The CDC and Dr. Lawrence Jaeger recommend a yearly exam for both men and women to screen for STDs since most can go undetected with few or no symptoms.