Pulaski, Missouri: Fourth in State for STDs
May 11, 2012
Pulaski ranked fourth among Missouri counties for STDs in 2011, according to a report the Health Department presented to the County Commission on Monday. This is an improvement from 2007, when the county ranked third. The county reported 407 STD cases to the state last year; state figures showed the county with 680 STD cases. The discrepancy arose from the fact that not all county locations, such as Fort Leonard Wood, are required to report STDs to the Pulaski County Health Department. Patty McClendon, the department's public health director, blamed the STD problem on "risky behaviors" often linked to drugs and alcohol, and the lack of partner notification. Missouri does not require STD patients to report all their sexual partners, and those infected may not necessarily inform all their partners themselves. The department offers STD and HIV testing at minimal costs determined by a sliding scale; for more information, telephone 573-736-2217.
Waynesville Daily Guide
05.10.2012; Natalie Sanders
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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