The CDC has released two studies that reveal what the authors call "an ongoing, severe, STI epidemic," reports NBC.
The US now has the highest rate of STIs in the developed world, according to the CDC. In 2008, Americans suffered from 110 million such infections. That's one STI for every three Americans. But as NBC points out this isn't quite as horrifying as it sounds: "Because one person may have more than one infection, the 110 million figure does not mean 110 million people have a sexually transmitted disease."
Preventing STD transmission "could save the nation billions of dollars each year," according to the study's authors.
Most of the increase in STIs comes from two diseases, HPV and Chlamydia. Gonorrhea cases in the US have also risen - for the first time in decades - because the disease is now resistant to all but one class of antibiotics, cephalosporins. It's now the second most-common STD after chlamydia.
One piece of good (?) news is that sharing STD results online is the "next big thing," allegedly - and pioneers claim it will cut back STD cases.