Sexually Transmitted Diseases Remain on the Rise in Washington State

(The Daily Chronicle) The Washington State Department of Health recently released their statewide report on sexually transmitted diseases for 2017 and the results are not pretty.

Chlamydia was the most commonly reported STD, with rates highest in women 20-24 years old. However, statistics indicate that overall STD rates are highest among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Other STDs covered in the study include gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis.

In Lewis County, in 2017 there were 284 cases of chlamydia with a rate of 366.7 cases per 100,000 people. There were 40 cases of gonorrhea and nine reported cases of herpes in addition to five cases of syphilis. By comparison, Lewis County had a rate of 327.7 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 in 2016. That year, there were no reported cases of syphilis.

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