STD rates at all-time high in US

Posted: 10:59 AM, Oct 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-20 10:59:23-04

The U.S. recorded  the most cases of sexually transmitted diseases  ever for a single year.

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the three most common STDs saw significant increases for  the second year in a row .

In 2015, there were  more than 1.5 million reported cases  of chlamydia. That's a nearly 6 percent rise from the year before.

Nearly 400,000 gonorrhea cases  were reported last year, which adds up to an almost 13 percent increase from 2014.

And doctors saw  close to 24,000 recorded cases of syphilis  a whopping 19 percent rise from the prior year.

The U.S. has an estimated  20 million new STDs  each year, and half of those cases occur in people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old.

The findings are troubling considering that gonorrhea and syphilis cases were at historic lows just several years ago. The CDC says budget cuts to health programs and fewer people using condoms are to blame.