Cases of Chlamydia on the Rise in Iowa
July 20, 2005
Reported chlamydia cases are on the rise in Iowa, but the numbers could reflect testing changes. In 2004, Iowa had 6,958 reports of chlamydia, up from 6,462 in 2003.
Karen Thompson, STD program manager for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said the numbers have been increasing for years, a cause for concern, but that newer tests are also more sensitive than those of five years ago. "It doesn't mean there's more chlamydia in Iowa," Thompson said. "We're just better at finding it."
Iowa public clinics performed about 52,000 STD tests in 2000, compared to nearly 60,000 tests last year. Iowa's chlamydia reports outpace those of two other STDs, gonorrhea and syphilis, reflecting a national trend showing chlamydia as the most commonly reported STD. In 2004, Iowa had 1,249 reported cases of gonorrhea and 36 reported cases of syphilis.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.