In 2016, with nearly 1.6 million cases of chlamydia, 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and 28,000 cases of syphilis -- the number of sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. hit an all-time high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This marks the third straight year of an increase in STDs.
The CDC says anyone who has sex is at risk for an STD, but young people aged 15 through 24, gay and bisexual men and pregnant women are more affected by STDs.
The CDC says STDs don’t just impact a person’s health, they are an economic drain on America’s healthcare system -- $16 billion is spent a year treating STDs. The CDC says federal, state and local health programs need to focus on reducing and treating STDs and doctors need to make STD screening and testing a part of standard care.