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MINNESOTA: Minnesota STD Cases Hit Another Record High in 2011




 

St. Paul Pioneer Press (04.18.12) - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

State STD statistics reached an all-time high in 2011. The 19,547 recorded cases marked a 9 percent increase over 2010's 18,009 cases, according to a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) report released April 19.

New STD records have been set for nine of the past 10 years, "an ongoing trend" that MDH official Peter Carr attributes in part to increased chlamydia screening. "If you look for more of it, you'll find more of it," he said.

"It's also likely that there's more disease transmission and more chlamydia occurring in our communities," Carr continued. Chlamydia remained Minnesota's top reported infectious disease in 2011 with 16,898 cases; 15,509 cases were reported in 2010.

Furthermore, syphilis cases of any stage climbed to 366 in 2011, and gonorrhea cases went up 6 percent to 2,283 cases. A separate MDH report will address HIV/AIDS later this month.

"All these infections are preventable," said Carr, "by delaying the start of sexual activity, limiting the number of sexual partners and practicing safer sex [such as] correct and consistent condom use."



 


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