STDs Rise in Washington, DC: Gonorrhea Cases Up 56 Percent

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(Outbreak News Today) The District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) recently released its 2018 HIV, STD, Hepatitis, and TB Surveillance Report for the District of Columbia, which shows record numbers and increases among STDs–chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

Health officials report a 35% increase of chlamydia, a 56% increase of gonorrhea, and a 13% increase of primary and secondary syphilis, reflecting the city’s enhanced screening efforts.

There were 10,157 new cases of chlamydia, compared to 8.578 cases in 2016. New cases of gonorrhea increased, with 5,070 in 2017 compared to 3,803 the year before and syphilis cases were up more than 100 cases from the previous year.

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