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Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Hit New High in U.S. by MAGGIE FOX More cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year than ever before, federal officials said Wednesday — just as state and local health departments that could help fight them lose funding. More than 1.5 million people were reported with chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The CDC recorded nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis. Related: 3 Common STDs Are Becoming Untreatable "The STD epidemic is getting worse in the United States and, in fact, is at its highest levels yet," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. The CDC reported a record year for STDs in 2014, also, but the trend is worsening, Mermin told NBC News. "Last year was the first year that we saw increases but those increases are actually continuing and at a higher rate," Mermin said. 10/19/2016 nbcnews.com http://www.nbcnews.c...ighusn6690512/4 The new numbers translate to a 19 percent increase in syphilis cases, a 13 percent rise in gonorrhea and a 6 percent increase in chlamydia, Mermin said. While some of the new numbers may be due to better reporting of cases, most of the rise appears to be a real increase in new infections, he said. "THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT TALKING ABOUT SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE PREVENTION INCREASES SEXUAL ACTIVITY." Gay and bisexual men account for many of the new cases, and the biggest numbers are among young adults, especially those in their late teens and early 20s. "Half of all STDs occur in youth under age 20," Mermin said. Part of the increase may be due to better treatment for HIV, which may make people believe — usually wrongly — they do not need to use condoms. CDC officials say. At the same time, state and local health departments are losing funding. "That is correlated with an eroding infrastructure for sexually transmitted disease clinics," Mermin said. "In 2012 alone, half of state public health programs had to close some of those clinics." That means young people most vulnerable to new infection have fewer places to go for help, advice, testing and treatment, he said. All three infections can be cured with antibiotics, but people often don't even know they are infected. In the early stages none of them cause obvious symptoms.