WASHINGTON – Gonorrhea fell last year to the lowest rate ever recorded in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gonorrhea cases reported to health authorities in the U.S. totaled 301,174 in 2009, the Atlanta-based health agency said in a report. That meant there were 99 cases for every 100,000 people, a rate 10 percent lower than in 2008. For the first time in five years, syphilis didn’t increase among women overall, researchers found.

There are about 19 million new STD infections every year in the U.S., the CDC said.

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