An increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections has gripped the US military and leads to fears about the willingness of troops to fight.
A shocking report from the Health Surveillance Branch of the Armed Forces showed that chlamydia infections, the most common, have saved 56 percent over the last six years to infect 225 troops per 10,000 infections.
The number of gonorrhea cases also reached 56 percent for men and 33 percent for women in the last six years to more than 30 cases per 10,000, while cases of syphilis more than tripled from 2 to 6 cases per 10,000.
The emerging crisis led a military doctor to warn that the disease could affect battlefield performance and undermine the health of the army.
The number of sexually transmitted infections in the US military has increased, creating fears that the troops were & # 39; ready & # 39; before the fight. Chlamydia cases increased by 56 percent, while gonorrhea cases jumped by 55 percent in men and 33 percent in women. (Pictured: US Army and Afghan forces participate in a patrol in Afghanistan on July 7 last year)
Chlamydia infections have increased by 56 percent in the last six years. They had the highest percentage of soldiers up to 24 years old and soldiers who served in the army
Chlamydia, which causes pain during urination and a burning and itchy private area, was most common in the army, with an average of 200 cases per 10,000 and among soldiers up to the age of 24.
It has increased from just over 150 cases per 10,000 to 225 over the army in the past nine years.
Similarly, gonorrhea, the second most common sexually transmitted disease, appeared to be most common in the army after it jumped by nearly 50 percent.
The sexually transmitted disease that can cause pus-like secretion and swelling in the testicles in men and vaginal bleeding and discharges in women increased from 25 cases per 10,000.
It was also most likely for soldiers between 20 and 24 years old.
Syphilis, which is most common in the navy and in troops under 24, had the largest emergence of an infection.
The disease, which can cause warts in private areas, accelerated from 6 cases per 10,000 to 2 cases per 10,000.
Gonorrhea infections, the second most common in the armed forces, also went up. They have 56 percent with men and 33 percent with women in the last six years
The report, published earlier this year by the Army Health Surveillance Branch, also found that the number of cases of syphilis had tripled in the last nine years.
However, the rates of human papillomavirus and genital herpes simplex virus have fallen over the past nine years.
Cases of human papillomavirus, which can cause warts and cancer, decreased by 51 percent during the study period, with a marked decrease in women, from around 90 cases per 10,000 to 50 cases per 10,000 in total.
Soldiers in the air force had the highest rate.
Genital herpes simplex virus infections, which cause small blisters that open cracks and open sores around private sites, also decreased from 25.3 to 20.4 cases per 10,000 during the study period.
Troops serving in the army had the highest percentage of this sexually transmitted disease.
In response to the report published earlier this year, Ministry of Defense officials warned of the negative consequences for the armed forces.
& # 39; From a military point of view, sexually transmitted diseases can have a significant impact on individual readiness & # 39 ;, Maj said. Dianne Frankel, internist of the air force.
& # 39; This in turn affects the readiness of the unit, which in turn leads to a decrease in the protection of violence. & # 39;
Nearly 350,000 troops were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease between 2010 and 2018.
Women had higher percentages of all STDs except syphilis.
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