WASHINGTON (WCMH/CNN) — The National Coalition of STD Directors is calling on the Trump administration to declare sexually transmitted diseases a public health crisis in the United States.
The CDC says the rates of Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia have risen in the US for the fourth year in a row.
Last year, there were nearly 2.3 million STD cases reported in the US. That tops the previous record high set up 2016 by more than 200,000 cases.
Health experts want the White House to authorize emergency access to public health funding so they can combat the crisis.
All three of these diseases are treatable. If left untreated, women could suffer from permanent damage the reproductive system and men to the postate.
Heart and nervous system issues are also concerns for patients.
Experts worry the opioid epidemic could be a major factor in the increase because more men and women are trading sex for drugs. That in turn is leading to more babies being born with congenital syphilis.