STDs at A New High in Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

STDs at A New High in Minnesota

April 19, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM CDT

A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that the number of sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota is at a new high of 19,547 in 2011.

The rise in STDs prompted health officials to encourage sexually active people to practice prevention and get tested regularly.

STDs in Minnesota include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. There were 18,009 cases reported in 2010 and 16,912 cases reported in 2009.

A few highlights in the report include:

-Chlamydia is the number one reported infectious disease in the state of Minnesota and reached a record level of 16,898 cases statewide with nearly one in three cases occurring in the Greater Minnesota areas. The majority of cases occurred in teens and young adults’ ages 15 to 24.

-Syphilis cases slightly increased with 366 cases in 2011 compared to 350 cases reported in 2010. Infections centered within the Twin Cities among males.

- Gonorrhea remains the second most commonly reported STD in Minnesota with 2,283 cases reported in 2011. Almost two-thirds of cases are among ages 15 to 24.

Health officials noted that untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility of men and women and can be passed from an infected woman to newborn children.

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