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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
WYOMING: Big Jump in Wyoming Chlamydia Rates
Josh Rhoten
January 30, 2012
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,, 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.