2016 marked the highest number of chlamdyia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reports in the United States…ever. Among those top reports was host-state Georgia.

More than 2 million Americans reported the sexually transmitted diseases to their health care providers last year, according to the most recent CDC health report released in September.

For comparison, Georgia was ranked sixth for chlamydia rates (570.8 per 100,000 people) in 2015, seventh for gonorrhea rates (158.3 per 100,000) in 2015, and number two for primary and secondary syphilis rates (14 per 100,000) in 2015.

From the report:

  • Youth aged 15-24 continue to make up most reported chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, and are now experiencing syphilis increases.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to face the highest rates of syphilis and HIV co-infection. Data from the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN) also suggest
    gonorrhea rates have increased among MSM for five years.
  • Pregnant women are experiencing some of the harshest outcomes from untreated STDs with the continued surge of congenital syphilis (CS) – where cases rise to numbers unseen since 1998.

Other findings:

Chlamydia│1.59 million cases; 4.7% rate increase since 2015

Gonorrhea│ 468,514 cases; 18.5% rate increase since 2015

Early Syphilis│27,814 cases; 17.6% rate increase since 2015

Congenital Syphilis│628 cases; 27.6% rate increase since 2015

For every 100,000 people, there are 614.6 diagnosed with chlamydia.

For every 100,000 people, there are 201.2 diagnosed with gonorrhea.

For every 100,000 people, there are 13.2 diagnosed with either type of syphilis.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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