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18 November 2011

19 million new STIs each year

19 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are diagnosed in the United States each year and is costing the nations' health care billions of dollars.

The 19 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia diagnosed in the United States each year cost the nation's health care system $17 billion (about R138 million) annually, according to an annual report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reported cases of chlamydia steadily increased for the past 20 years and reached 1.3 million in 2010. The increase stems from expanded screening efforts, not an actual rise in the number of people infected with chlamydia.

 
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