numbers of sexually transmitted diseases on Guam has hit a record
high. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Guam, a
territory of the United States, ranks fifth for chlamydia. In 2017,
700 cases per 100,000 people were reported to have had the disease.
The U.S. has seen a rise in the number of syphilis and gonorrhea
cases as well, affecting youth and young adults ages 15 to
Public Health CDC investigator Marie Perez said the agency is trying
to raise awareness, but the statistics are disturbing. She said the
high numbers of chlamydia are troubling but a sign that increased
awareness and education is a necessity for the little island. It’s
also important to stop the stigma that’s attached to the illnesses.
She said Guam might actually be doing a great job in monitoring the
Perez said it’s possible to live with an STD, but further health problems could occur such as blindness and infertility. She encourages people to get tested for STDs at their local Public Health clinic.