Chlamydia in CT up 30 percent in a year, report says
Chlamydia is on the rise in Connecticut.
Insurance and healthcare company UnitedHealthcare has released its annual health rankings, and the news is pretty good for Connecticut, with a few exceptions.
The state has the fourth lowest number of smokers, the fifth-lowest rate of cardiovascular death and easy access to primary care physicians, the report said.
But Nutmeggers do like their booze: almost 20 percent of the state’s adult popualtion are considered excessive drinkers.
Drug deaths have gone up 140 percent in the state over the last five years, and sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise.
According to the report, instances of chlamydia in Connecticut have gone up 30 percent since last year.
This year’s health rankings show an increase in chlamydia of 28 percent, from 387.4 to 494.7 cases per 100,000 Connecticut residents.
Those numbers are borne out by similar data maintained by the state. There were 14,385 cases of chlamydia in 2018, according to the Department of Public Health.
It’s not just chlamydia — gonorrhea cases have gone up 97 percent since 2014 and there was a 14 percent increase in the number of syphilis cases between 2014 and 2018.
Last year brought two cases of syphilis among newborns, the first in the state since 2015.
Connecticut is not unique. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 1.8 million cases of chlamydia nationwide in 2018, a 19 percent increase since 2014 and the most ever reported to CDC.
There were 583,405 cases of gonorrhea in 2018, a 63 percent increase since 2014.
Syphilis, too is on the rise — 35,063 cases in 2018, a 71 percent increase since 2014.
David Hill, professor of medical sciences and director of global public health at Quinnipiac University, said this increase in STDs is “disturbing.”
“There has been a decrease in condom use amongst vulnerable groups, and many regions have experienced cuts to public health measures that inform the public about protection measures, and that screen and treat for STDs,” he said. “No matter the actual incidence, all persons should be aware of the risk of STDs, use proper prevention measures to decrease transmission through sexual activity, and if they develop symptoms seek prompt diagnosis and treatment so they do not pass on infection to others. And, we need to continue to support our public health department in its efforts to tackle communicable disease.”