The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the rate of sexually transmitted diseases is increasing at an alarming rate in Michigan, mirroring a trend national-wide.

Combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia reached an all-time high in the United States in 2018, according to a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report (CDC). According to 2018 state-level STD data, Michigan is experiencing similar trends as cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all increased last year. MDHHS is urging regular testing among sexually active individuals to help stop the spread of these sexually transmitted diseases.

Medical experts says STDs often cause symptoms in men, including burning upon urination, discharge, rashes or sores. In most female cases there are no symptoms. Syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics. However, if left untreated, the individual can pass on the infection even if there are no symptoms.

Undiagnosed and untreated syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to severe adverse health effects that include infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants and increased HIV risk, according to MDHHS.