BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – This year’s STD report card from the Centers for Disease Control is in, and it doesn’t bring good news.
The number of cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea are up. Reported cases of three STDs, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, have increased for the first time since 2006. The report found that the highest proportion of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases were in people between 15 and 29 years of age. Most syphilis cases were in people 20 to 29 years old.
Here in Erie County, Health Commissioner Gail Burstein says the scariest jump is in cases of syphilis. She says this is seen primarily in cases of men having sex with men. Burstein calls syphilis a “gateway infection” where men are then more likely to develop other, more harmful STDs.
She said, “Unfortunately there is very high prevalence rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, and HIV in the sexual networks where men who have sex with men find their partners. So it’s actually becoming a public health crisis.”
STDs continue to affect young people,particularly women, most severely, but increasing rates among men contributed to the overall increases in 2014 across all three diseases. Burstein says of course condoms are the best way to protect against infections.