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STD testing could reduce nationwide rates
Date: 2013-08-30 12:26:01

Testing for common sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea could potentially lead to significantly lower rates of the diseases. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that rates of these STDs appear to be increasing, but experts say that the increasing numbers may be due to more thorough testing.

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Lubbock, Texas, reports higher STD rates
Date: 2013-08-26 13:32:58

Rates of reported sexually transmitted diseases in Lubbock, Texas, are currently higher than last year's, according to numbers from the city's heath department. So far in 2013, the rates of reported STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea have risen.

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STD rates in Montana rise
Date: 2013-08-20 12:58:23

Lab tests revealed that rates of the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea have risen in Montana. Syphilis has remained at its current rate. Low-income youth are the most vulnerable to infections from these diseases, according to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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Congenital syphilis levels high in San Antonio
Date: 2013-08-19 12:17:49

While rates of syphilis have gone down across the country in recent years, the rates in San Antonio, Texas, have gone up. Health officials blame the lack of lab tests required for pregnant women to reveal whether they have the disease, thus passing it onto their children at birth.

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Alaska sees fall in STD rates but doubt remains
Date: 2013-08-05 14:43:25

Alaska, a state that has had unusually high sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates compared to the rest of the U.S., is now seeing a decline in its new cases, though some officials are not sure that the dip will last. The new outbreaks are mainly focused in the rural areas of the state, according to STD tests.

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Prostitution causing rise in STD rates in West Virginia
Date: 2013-08-02 13:24:30

According to a West Virginia local news source, prostitution is contributing to a statistically significant rise in sexually transmitted diseases in Mercer County. Health officials noted that STDs spread by prostitutes were becoming a particularly difficult problem to tackle in the area.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported that, through STD testing, the health department diagnosed 27 new cases of STDs in June alone. In a regular month, the department usually only sees about 15 patients with STDs.

"It's been especially worse since January this year," Judy Bolton, public health nurse, told the news source. "We are having a huge number of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases, which are sexually transmitted diseases. And there is treatment for those people who come in and get treatment - if they don't, they can get complications."

The local news source noted that STDs spread by sex workers are a particularly tricky situation, since it is rare that customers know their real names. Bolton said that the department's goal is to bring in the STD carriers and get them treated, but that there are many obstacles in tracking them down. The rate of STDs per citizen in Mercer County is the highest in the U.S. for hepatitis B.

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