ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta found that cases of the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea have increased.

Researchers at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, which is run by the CDC, found that younger sexually active Americans, as well as gay and bisexual men, are especially at risk.

“[Sexually transmitted diseases, or] STDs, continue to threaten the health and well-being of millions of Americans,” Hillard Weinstock, a contributing authors of the 2011 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance report, told USA Today.

The CDC learned of 1.4 million cases of chlamydia infections reported by doctors in 2011. When factored into a rate of cases per 100,000 people, the figure reportedly marks an 8-percent increase – from 423.6 in 2010 to 457. in 2011, USA Today learned.

A four-percent increase in gonorrhea diagnoses was also observed by the CDC, with infections going up from 100.2 in 2010 to 104.2 in 2011. According to the newspaper, 321,849 cases of gonorrhea were reported last year.

Not all forms of sexually transmitted diseases affected increased numbers of the American populace, however – the rate of reported syphilis cases stayed the same between 2010 and 2011.

According to the official website of the CDC, both gonorrhea and chlamydia can affect a woman’s fertility if untreated. Both are also considered the “most commonly reported infectious diseases in the United States” by the federal health agency.

The report was released Thursday.


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