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STDs And The City: New York not immune to nationwide infection spike

September 26, 2018 - 2:43 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The national trend line for sexually transmitted disease is moving in the wrong direction, and the CDC says New York is no exception.

A new report finds there were 23,000 cases of gonorrhea reported in the city last year -- that's an increase of 23 percent over the previous year. Cases of Chlamydia were up 7.5 percent.

Experts point to increased screening and decreased use of condoms.

The CDC also found a big spike in the number of babies born with syphilis, which hit a 20-year high. More than 900 were born with the disease in 2017, up from 362 in 2013. The treatable disease often goes undetected until symptoms show, and can be passed from mothers to their babies through placenta.

“No parent should have to bear the death of a child when it would have been prevented with a simple test and safe treatment,” said the CDC’s Jonathan Mermin.

New York ranks lower than many states for syphilis births with 6.8 cases for every 100,000. By comparison Louisiana had 93.4 for every 100,000. Most syphilis births were reported in the west and south.