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Young people are having less sex yet contracting more STDs

A public health issue involving youth and young adults is stumping health experts: Americans in the 15-to-24-year-old age demographic are having less sex yet experiencing high rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

Experts have put forth several explanations for the seemingly contradictory statistics, including riskier sexual behavior and/or reduced access to preventative health care.

Diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia saw increases of 5 percent and 3 percent last year, respectively. Rates of syphilis, on the other hand, skyrocketed, increasing 13.3 percent in 2018.

The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions says that, until recently, syphilis and gonorrhea were in decline.