STDs Becoming More Common, Especially Among Teens

Rates of three major sexually transmitted diseases—syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea—are increasing. In many cases, young people ages 15 to 24 are driving increases in these STDs. Nineteen-year-old girls, for example, now have higher rates of chlamydia than anyone else. STDs like syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea can cause pain and fertility problems. In addition, gonorrhea is becoming resistant to antibiotics.

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