Massachusetts ranked ninth lowest in chlamydia incidence, but there were still almost 24,000 cases that year, making it the most frequently reported infection in the commonwealth – a 57 percent increase over the last 10 years.
All three diseases overwhelmingly affected people under 40, with gonorrhea and chlamydia cases being four-to-six times as likely to infect people under 25.
Chlamydia is almost twice as likely to affect Massachusetts women, though transmission rates among men are also on the rise.
The rise of dating apps like Tinder and Grindr is concurrent with increases in reported cases of STDS, Cranston said.
“It’s arguable dating apps are a cause, but whether it leads to more sex, anonymous sex or condom-less sex is hard to answer,” he said.
Requests for comment to Grindr and Tinder were not immediately answered Tuesday.
Unfortunately, too many barriers stand in the way of health care and education, especially for young people, communities of color and LGBTQ folks,” Childs-Roshak said.
STDs in Massachusetts STD rates among Massachusetts residents trail national averages, but just barely, and Kevin Cranston, the state Health Department assistant commissioner called the Bay State’s rise in STD cases “very concerning.” In 2015, nearly 800 people were diagnosed with syphilis – an 800 percent increase from a decade ago.
Gonorrhea cases are up 52 percent in the last decade, with 2,688 cases in 2015.
S., according to the Centers for Disease Control In two of three cases, the increases hit double digits: Syphilis cases increased by 19 percent, gonorrhea by almost 13 percent, and chlamydia by nearly 6 percent compared to the prior year. “STD rates are rising, and many of the country’s systems for preventing STDs have eroded.
When you add herpes and HPV to the mix, the Centers for Disease Control estimates as much as one-third of the U. We must mobilize, rebuild and expand services – or the human and economic burden will continue to grow.” Health officials in several states and at least one study have pinpointed internet-assisted dating as causing a 15.9 percent spike in reported HIV cases.