"The finding adds to the complexities of gonorrhea treatment", said Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the CDC's Division of STD Prevention.
Sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis soared to new record highs in the United States past year, public health officials said Tuesday.
"Sadly, it's not a surprising trend", said Rob Stephenson, a professor and director of the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities at the University of MI in Ann Arbor, who was not involved in the new CDC research.
"Usually there are ebbs and flows, but this sustained increase is very concerning".
Primary and secondary syphilis, of which there were 30,644 diagnoses in 2017, represented a 76 percent increase.
A lack of sex education also is contributing to the spread of STDs, said Michael Fraser, executive director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
"We are sliding backward", Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention said. Experts say that young people ages 15-24 are responsible for more than half of all new STD cases.
A renewed commitment from health care providers - who are encouraged to make STD screening and timely treatment a standard part of medical care, especially for the populations most affected - is an important component to reverse current trends.
They say cases of the disease are up almost 300 percent, "from 263 in 2007 to 792 in 2017". A report has found that cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea have spiked for the fourth year in a row. "We haven't seen anything like this for two decades". Gonorrhea cases alone jumped a shocking 67 percent from the number in 2013, according to the analysis presented at the CDC's 2018 STD Prevention Conference in Washington. Reported cases of three well-known STDs all increased between 2016 and 2017.
Public health experts are also concerned about antibiotic resistant gonorrhea. "We can't let our defenses down - we must continue reinforcing efforts to rapidly detect and prevent resistance as long as possible".