"We are sliding backward", said Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
And yet we all but ignore these critical health components when we talk about, plan for, and pay for health.
"It is evident the systems that identify, treat, and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point". The emergence of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea also deeply concerns officials, who fear a time when this STD no longer becomes treatable with current methods. This figure was boosted by a 45 percent increase among 15-24-year-old females.
The numbers were described as "very concerning" by Dr Gail Bolan, director of the Division of STD Prevention at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency which released the stats. "We haven't seen anything like this for two decades", she added.
Of these, 555,608 cases of gonorrhea represented a 67 percent uptick in the same time period.
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The others are Egypt's President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in April 2017 and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari in April this year. Kenya is the third highest recipient of US security aid in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Security Assistance Monitor.
If untreated, these diseases can affect a couple's ability to get pregnant, cause ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth, promote chronic pain in the pelvis or abdomen, and increase a person's risk of contracting or transmitting HIV, the CDC noted.
Poverty, stigma and drug use may contribute to the increases, the CDC said.
Rauch says part of the problem is that funding for STD prevention and education has been cut across the country.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can be cured with antibiotics.
In 2015, the CDC began recommending that gonorrhea be treated with a single shot of ceftriaxone accompanied by an oral dose of azithromycin. To do that, we need the government to step up and ensure those working to prevent STDs have the resources they need to do so effectively.
The spike has also been blamed on lower condom usage and antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases.