More than two million people in the United States had chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported in 2016, which is the highest number ever according to a report released Tuesday.
The annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is called the Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.
St. Louis had a jump of nearly 50 more cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 people in 2016 from the year prior, but still managed to squeak in at lower rates than Virginia Beach and Indianapolis. St. Louis reports about 233 cases per 100,000; Milwaukee had nearly 283 per 100,000.
Chlamydia is also another dark spot on the map of infections per 100,000 people, with the greater St. Louis area having more than 551 cases per 100,000 people. In both genders, ages 15 to 29 report the highest incidence of chlamydia. Per 100,000 people, an average of 3779 women between the ages of 20 and 24 report the disease.
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In syphilis, Missouri had fewer cases than the U.S. average at 6.6 cases per 100,000; Illinois was among the higher-incidence states with 9.8 per 100,000. The national average was 8.7.
A bright spot on the CDC’s report continues to be chancroid, a bacterial infection that has painful genital ulcers and swollen lymph nodes. There were seven cases in 2016, down from 11 in 2015. Illinois nor Missouri has ever had a reported case of chancroid.