FULTON COUNTY, GA — Cases of sexually transmitted diseases once again increased in the United States, making 2018 the fifth consecutive year in which the number of people infected with gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis went up.

Reduced access to STD prevention and care, a decreased use of condoms and cuts to programs at the state and local level continue to drive the increase in the prevalence of the diseases. The data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual report on sexually transmitted disease surveillance.

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