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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
SOUTH DAKOTA: Risky Behavior Blamed as STDs Increase in SD
By Associated Press
October 24, 2013
KVOA.com (Tucson) (10.23.2013)

Anonymous sex could be to blame for the record-breaking increase in South Dakota’s STD rates, according to state health officials. More people are meeting online for quick flings without knowing their partner’s name, which makes it very difficult to track and treat the diseases. "People go online looking for somebody...and they say, 'OK, meet me.' It's become very much anonymous and hard to track," said State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger. New infections for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are all higher than recent years’ cases. Law requires the reporting of all three STDs, but officials say the reported cases are a fraction of the real total. "It's really hard for us to be able to have any control, because there's so much anonymous sex going on," according to Judy Kendall, a registered nurse and disease intervention specialist with the city of Sioux Falls. Officials believe people have developed an increasingly casual attitude toward this type of risky behavior. The city of Sioux Falls sent 2,000 letters to doctors and other healthcare providers to call attention to the increase in STDs in the state.

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