STD rates in the United States are continuing a years-long climb -- including a sharp rise in the number of babies born with syphilis.
A new government report finds that combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia reached an all-time high in 2018. Nearly 2.5 million cases of these sexually transmitted diseases were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the year.
"We're documenting an increase in STDs for the fifth consecutive year," said Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist with the CDC.
And the numbers are certainly an underestimate, she added: STDs often have no symptoms, leaving people unaware they are infected. ...