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STD Prevalence Skyrockets Amid Concerns Over Growing Antibiotic Resistance

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  • Three of the more commonly transmitted diseases have reached record levels in the U.S. Nationwide, there were 1.6 million cases of chlamydia in 2016, 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and 28,000 new cases of syphilis
  • Mutations of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria that causes gonorrheal infections have led to a high incidence of antibiotic resistance, making it extremely difficult to treat
  • Research looking at syphilis samples from the U.S., South America, Europe, Africa and Australasia found both of the two main strains of syphilis have developed antibiotic resistance
  • STD prevalence in California has increased by 45 percent in the past five years. In 2017, 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported, 54 percent of cases occurring in those under the age of 25
  • The number of babies born infected with syphilis quadrupled, and with it, stillbirths spiked as well. Of the 278 congenital syphilis cases on record in California last year, 30 resulted in stillbirth, which is triple the number of syphilis-related stillbirths reported in 2016

By Dr. Mercola

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were in decline until the 1970s, at which point the trend reversed. What's worse, in more recent years, some of the STDs typically requiring antibiotics have become resistant to the drugs and have turned deadly. No less than three of the more commonly transmitted diseases have now reached record levels in the U.S.


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