STDs reach record high in U.S.

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(CNN) – An alarming new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the United States.

According the CDC, reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis hit an all-time high in 2015. There were nearly 6 percent more cases of chlamydia than in the previous year. Gonorrhea cases rose by more than 12 percent. Reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis rose by 19 percent.

One of the most disturbing findings, a 6 percent increase in congenital syphilis. That’s when the infection is transmitted from a pregnant woman to her baby.

All three STDs can be cured with antibiotics, but the CDC says most infections go undiagnosed and untreated. Young people are the most at risk.

It’s estimated that about half of the nearly 20 million new STD cases reported every year are from people aged 15 to 24.

To address the recent STD rate increase, doctors at the CDC say a better job of tracking the diseases must be done. They also say people with new diagnoses need better access to treatment.

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