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STD Rates Continue to Climb in San Francisco, Calif.

February 20, 2014

This article was reported by Bay Area Reporter.

The Bay Area Reporter described a 2013 increase in San Francisco's chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis incidence for the eighth straight year, with the majority of cases occurring among men who have sex with men (MSM). Dr. Susan Philip, director of disease prevention and control for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, reported that chlamydia diagnoses increased 4.4 percent; gonorrhea increased 1.6 percent; and early syphilis diagnoses increased 13.9 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Based on 2012 data, the department's STD Control Section estimated that 64,681 MSM lived in San Francisco and one of 79 had early syphilis. The report estimated that one of 34 MSM had gonorrhea, and one of 36 had chlamydia. Compared to heterosexual men, gay and bisexual men were 117 times more likely to have early syphilis, 8.6 times more likely to have gonorrhea, and 27.2 times more likely to have chlamydia.

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Comment by: AO-SEX (Henstedt-Ulzburg) Sat., Feb. 22, 2014 at 6:44 am EST
And most hterosexuals do not get tested after having sex with prostitutes or a risk contact. Only MSM get tested most of the time.
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