Record rise in sexually transmitted diseases

Air Date:
Heard On The Morning Show
This 1966 microscope photo made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a tissue sample with the presence of numerous, corkscrew-shaped, darkly-stained, Treponema pallidum spirochetes, the bacterium responsible for causing syphilis. U.S. health officials on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, are calling for a new push to prevent sexually transmitted diseases — spurred in part by a 26% increase in syphilis cases last year. (Skip Van Orden/CDC via AP)

New data from the CDC shows a record 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in 2021. We look at what’s driving the rise as well as prevention efforts among adults and youth.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Courtney Everett Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Meghan Benson Guest

Related Stories