2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in 2017
October 25, 2018
Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, preliminary data indicate. This number surpasses the previous high level in 2016 and marks the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in sexually transmitted infections.
In a recently released study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers report that while 81% of patients diagnosed with gonorrhea were treated using dual therapy, nearly one in five were treated with a different regimen.
Approximately 200,000 preschool-aged children in communities in Malawi, Niger, and Tanzania were treated twice yearly with either azithromycin or placebo. Communities in which azithromycin was provided had 13.5% less all-cause mortality than did placebo-treated communities. In children 1 to 5 months of age, the mortality was 25% lower with azithromycin than with placebo.
About 820,000 new gonococcal infections occur in the United States each year, with some 570,000 appearing in young people ages 15-24. In an effort to stem the tide of infection, science has identified a potential new treatment, which uses a peptide to disrupt an enzyme the microbe needs to respirate.