U.S. Territory Also Sees Rise In STD Numbers

U.S. Territory Also Sees Rise In STD Numbers

The 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 24-years-old.

Mangi­lao 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 diseases.

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. 


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