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3 sexually transmitted infections hit new highs again in U.S.

AP – U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year.

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017.

A human pap smear showing chlamydia.Media for Medical / UIG via Getty Images

It’s the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing.

About 580,000 gonorrhea cases were reported. That’s the highest number since 1991. The rate rose 5 percent. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor.

And the syphilis rate rose 15 percent. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported — also the most since 1991.

Associated Press

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/sexual-health/3-sexually-transmitted-infections-hit-new-highs-again-u-s-n1063811

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