WDAM.com (Hattiesburg) (04.02.13)
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has released new statistics that rank Mississippi among the states with the highest rates of some STDs. For 2011, the state had the second highest number of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in the country, with 23,060 and 6,877 cases, respectively. Both statistics represent an increase from 2010. Mississippi also ranked seventh for syphilis in 2011, with 405 cases. MSDH reports also indicate that young adults in Mississippi are particularly affected by STDs, with statistics showing that individuals under the age of 30 accounted for 91 percent of chlamydia cases, 84 percent of gonorrhea cases, and 53 percent of syphilis cases diagnosed in 2012. All county health departments offer free and confidential testing for all STDs as well as treatment. For further information on STDs or testing and treatment locations, visit the MSDH Web site at http://www.healthyms.com/msdhsite/_static/14%2c0%2c150.html.