According to federal health officials, sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. have reached a record high.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there’s been a sharp increase in STDs for the fourth year in a row. A new report tallied nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2017, which is an increase of 200,000 cases from 2016.

The CDC announced the new data during a press conference in Washington this week.

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David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. said:

“The U.S. continues to have the highest STD rates in the industrialized world,” .

He added, “It is time that President Trump and Secretary [of Health and Human Services Alex] Azar declare STDs in America a public health crisis.”

Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/08/28/642664883/record-high-number-of-std-infections-in-u-s-as-prevention-funding-declines