Sexually-transmitted diseases make a comeback in Virginia, with a dangerous antibiotic-resistant twist
By Katie O'Connor -
September 14, 2018

Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have been rising in Virginia and across the country, with data showing sharp increases in these sexually-transmitted diseases year-over-year since 2013.

And so far this year, that trend has yet to stop, according to Virginia’s preliminary 2018 data.

Already the state has more gonorrhea cases this year than compared to the year-to-date averages of the past five years, with 6,381 cases. And the same is true for syphilis, with 632 cases so far this year recorded in the preliminary data.

Overall, Virginia’s seen a 22 percent increase in chlamydia diagnoses, from 33,825 in 2013 to 41,377 last year. Syphilis cases jumped by 52 percent, from 327 to 498.

But the biggest jump has been in gonorrhea diagnoses, with a 71 percent increase in the same time period compared to a 67 percent increase nationally. The number of cases in Virginia jumped from 7,105 to 12,141, according to the Department of Health.

That’s an especially troubling trend because gonorrhea has been developing antibiotic resistance...