The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its STD report for 2012, and there are more cases of chlamydia than thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever been. The new overview also looks at the state of gonorrhea and syphilis in the U.S. Here are some of the most interesting findings on each:
MORE: Can You Give YOURSELF and STD
A total of 1,422,976 cases of chlamydia were reported to the CDC in 2012Ã¢â‚¬”thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the largest number of cases the CDC has ever received for any condition. Scarily, women make up more than 70 percent of that numberÃ¢â‚¬”though for the first time since 1995, chlamydia rates among females did not increase year over year.
MORE: The Sex Talk You and Your Partner NEED to Have
The overall gonorrhea rate has grown steadily each year since 2009, reaching a 9.6 percent increase in 2012. That brings the total number of cases reported in the U.S. that year to 334,826.
Although the CDC recorded 15,667 cases of this disease in 2012, only 1,458 of them were from women. Syphilis appears to primarily affect men having sex with men (and the rate of syphilis among this population is on the rise).
MORE: A New Birth Control Method Prevents Pregnancy AND STDs
Pretty eye-opening stuffÃ¢â‚¬”but you can take action to prevent getting an STD. These resources will help:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Overview
The Best New Condoms for Your Pleasure
Two People, One STDÃ¢â‚¬”Is Sex Safe?