Gonorrhea reaches all-time low in US


November 23, 2010 4:25:20 AM PST
A new government report on sexually transmitted disease shows gonorrhea in the U.S. has dipped to the lowest rates ever.

But chlamydia and syphilis infections continued to increase last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency says there are roughly 19 million new cases of STDs annually.

If undiagnosed and untreated, STDs can cause serious health problems including increasing a person's risk for infection of HIV, which can cause AIDS.