The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published on Tuesday its 2019 STD Surveillance Report.
The report found a nearly 30% increase in reportable STDs between 2015 and 2019.
"STDs will not wait for the pandemic to end, so we must rise to the challenge now," said Raul Romaguera, acting director for CDC's Division of STD Prevention.
"These new data should create a sense of urgency and mobilize the resources needed, so that future reports can tell a different story."
The CDC noted the "burden of STDs" was found in "racial and ethnic minority groups, gay and bisexual men, and youth," more than other groups.
"In 2019 STD rates ... African American or Black people were 5-8 times that of non-Hispanic White People," the CDC said.
"Gay and bisexual men make up nearly half of all 2019 primary and secondary syphilis cases. Gonorrhea rates in ['gay and bisexual men'] were 42 times that of heterosexual men in some areas."
"Young people aged 15-24 years make up 61% of chlamydia cases [and] 42% of gonorrehea cases."