Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne) (01.22.12) - Monday, January
Wyoming had the 26th-highest chlamydia rate in 2010, up from
44th-highest in 2007, recent CDC data show. There were 2,132
reported chlamydia cases in 2010, compared to 1,207 in 2007.
Laramie County alone accounted for 588 of the cases in 2010.
Canyon Hardesty, STD program manager at the state Department
of Health, said the increase is due to an improved screening
process and low-cost testing vouchers that were made available
midway through 2010. DOH plans to continue its preventative
outreach, she said.
Vouchers for free STD testing are available through the DOH
website, www.knowyo.org, which also lists locations of testing
facilities and other helpful information, Hardesty noted.
"Because routine [STD] screening of sexually active young
women, particularly those ages 15-24, is becoming more common,
we expect the number of reported cases of chlamydia to
continue increasing," Hardesty said. "The good news is routine
screening should also lead to a decrease over time in long-
term negative health consequences ... and health care costs."
Linda Thyfault, director of family services at the Cheyenne-
Laramie County Health Department, said chlamydia testing is
included as part of its wellness visit screenings. "We are
very vigilant about getting people tested and offer treatment
for those that test positive right away," she said.
Though Cheyenne and Laramie County are not considered urban,
the large numbers of students attending the University of
Wyoming and Laramie County Community College partially account
for the area's high chlamydia rate, said Thyfault. Other
counties with high incidence of the STD include Natrona with
416 cases in 2010 and Fremont with 249.