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Posted on Nov 19, 2011
Dr. Lance Liotta Laboratory (CC-BY)

A color slide shows chlamydia taken from a Pap smear.

Here’s a bit of bad news for the sexually active: Chlamydia infections in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2010 with 1.3 million cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the largest number ever reported for any condition, the agency says.

The rate of infection was higher among women than men—a fact the report said was unsurprising because women are more likely than men to be tested. The study recorded a higher increase in cases among men than women in recent years, however.

Eight times as many cases were found among blacks than whites, while three times as many Hispanics tested positive for infection. —ARK


The count—1,307,893 cases—yielded a rate of 426 cases per 100,000 population, a 5.1% increase over 2009, the CDC said in its annual surveillance report on sexually transmitted diseases.

Much of the increase, the agency said, is probably owing to a continued increase in screening, more sensitive tests, and more complete national reporting.

But the CDC said it can’t rule out “a true increase in morbidity.”

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By berniem, November 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment

Betcha the highest % occurs in bible thumpin’ land!

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By Leefeller, November 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

Tequila Time and unpurported thought!

You know when we were in Vietnam, we were worried about going into Dog Patch and getting the clap, now I am worried about our nation going into Republican dogmaws and getting the shaft.

Sexusually transmitted despises usually come from undocumented sex, I heard that from some of the read my lips Replucian Presidential candidates and even a few uppity ones in congress.

Condoms could be a first job promoter in helpfully curing these Republicans from their hound Dogmas, but the Catholic church has decreed all conservative methods are unacceptable, but according to the pope, the dithering method is okay!

All seriousness aside, why in hell are most people not using full body condones?

Time for Football!

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By Marian Griffith, November 20, 2011 at 3:46 am Link to this comment
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These figures will allow the (closet) racists to drag out their pet theories as an excuse to cut down on funding healthcare, and it will allow the few remaining liberals to point out that diseases strike the poorest and least educated part of the population hardest.

And nothing will change because those in the middle find it more convenient to continue to believe it only affects ‘the other’.

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By Rodney, November 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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When people are poor,unemployed and uneducated,sex becomes the cheapest form of entertainment and relief from stress. Add to the fact many public health care centers have depleated of their resources because of budget cuts and it’s no wonder STD’s are at an all time high. The Republicans don’t care. Reagan and Bush answer to the aids epedimic was just sat no and absteenince only. If it were only up to them they would allow all of the poor and gay to suffer and die from the various STD’s since they should have had the morals and willpower to just sat no!

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