Journal Times (Racine) (11.29.12)
In Racine, Wis., the number of reported chlamydia cases remains high, according to the city’s Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox, and it is likely due to the continued failure by some individuals to use protection during sex. The city’s Health Department recorded 845 cases of chlamydia in 2011, 25 more than the previous year, and 79 more than 2009.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlamydia is more frequently reported than other bacterial STDs in the United States, and an estimated 2.8 million infections occur each year. A 2011 report from Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services demonstrated that Racine County had the third highest number of chlamydia cases in the state—1,076—in 2010.
Bowersox noted that one problem with the disease is that most individuals don’t realize that they are infected with it, unless they or their sexual partners are tested for it. The Health Department usually finds that an individual has the disease as a result of testing or when the department is contacted by healthcare providers, since chlamydia is a reportable disease. When individuals test positive for chlamydia, they are strongly encouraged to contact their sexual partners so that they can also be tested. Individuals may be tested at the Health Department’s clinic at City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue, in Racine.