Cases of most common STD fell for first time in 30 years

By Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 16, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in three decades, the nation's most common sexually transmitted disease is a little less common.

Health officials on Tuesday said the rate and number of chlamydia (kluh-MID'-ee-uh) cases fell last year, by 1.5 percent. But there were still 1.4 million new cases reported — more than any other sexually transmitted disease. Experts are not sure what to make of the one-year drop.

Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics. Untreated, it can damage a woman's reproductive system.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported gonorrhea cases declined, by less than 1 percent. The numbers for the most contagious forms of syphilis rose about 10 percent — to 17,375. The increase was mainly among gay men.

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CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats13/default.htm

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