Standard-Examiner (Ogden) (04.09.13)
STD rates are increasing in Utah, particularly for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In 2012, Davis County reported a 17-percent increase in chlamydia, a 122-percent increase in gonorrhea, and a 91-percent increase in syphilis rates. Wendy Garcia, Davis County Health Department communicable disease and epidemiology division director, said that the county also is seeing more gonorrhea infections in heterosexuals, with a higher-than-expected number of cases compared to 2012. Also, Amy Carter, Weber-Morgan Health Department communicable disease and epidemiology nurse, noted that Weber and Morgan counties have a higher rate of chlamydia than the state, with 318 per 100,000 people compared to the statewide average of 251 per 100,000. Carter said that in 2012, the state reported 788 chlamydia cases. She was not sure if the increase was due to new cases or greater awareness of the disease and more screening. Also, in 2012, the department investigated 42 cases of gonorrhea compared to 7 cases per 100,000 people (and 9.8 per 100,000 in the state) in 2011.
Data from the Utah Department of Health show that chlamydia was the most frequently reported communicable disease in Utah in 2011, with 7,080 cases; gonorrhea was eighth, with 277 cases; people ages 15–24 reported two-thirds of the chlamydia cases in Utah in 2011; females ages 20–24 years (1,617.7 cases per 100,000 population) and 15–19 years (1,468.3 cases per 100,000 population) reported the highest rates of infection; and men 20–24 years (684.0 cases per 100,000 population) reported the highest rate of infection in males in Utah in 2011.