A New Record
CNN is running an Associated Press story about Chlamydia. Apparently, more than 1 million cases of the sexually transmitted disease were reported in the U.S. last year: the most cases ever reported for an STD.
And it doesn't stop with Chlamydia. Rates rose for the first time in 15 years for Syphilis infections; and Gonorrhea rates are rising after a record low, in part due to antibiotic resistance, the article reported.
As I mentioned in a recent Web feature on MRSA, increased rates mean one (or a combination) of things are happening:
- testing is increasing,
- testing capabilities are improving or
- infections are increasing.
So what is it in the case of STD rates? Are you seeing more testing, using new tests or simply seeing more positive tests?