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MISSOURI: Sex in the City - STDs Jump in St. Louis




 

KMOX.com (St. Louis) (11.17.11) - Friday, November 18, 2011

Health Department data released Thursday show St. Louis logged some 400 new gonorrhea cases last year. Gonorrhea cases were up 31 percent, reversing what had been a strong downward trend in recent years, said Pam Walker, the health director. Syphilis cases rose 46 percent, while chlamydia was up 3 percent, to 4,516 cases. Walker noted that funding cuts are not to blame, as she has not reduced communicable disease control spending during her five years as director. "If I put 20 disease investigators in the field and they followed those 55 people around who have syphilis, could I probably get rid of it?" Walker asked. "Yeah, but that would cost about $400,000." Walker is asking private health care providers and community clinics to help contact the partners of people diagnosed with STDs. "If you have gonorrhea, then your partner probably has gonorrhea. I need to talk to that partner and find out if they have three other partners, or we never break the chain."



 


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