Maine: STD Clinic Holds Presentation on Statistics in Bangor Region
February 29, 2008
On Tuesday, members of the Bangor City Council's government operations committee were briefed on STDs in the region for the one-year period ending last November. Department Director Shawn Yardley and public health nurse Patty Hamilton said the city's STD clinic continues to serve as a regional center for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and hepatitis B.
Chlamydia appears to be on the rise in BHM. In 1998, there were fewer than 175 cases. By 2005, cases had risen to around 300. There was a slight drop in 2006.
The clinic began recording acute hepatitis B in 2001, when one case was diagnosed. By 2006, eight cases were detected. Hamilton and Yardley said that year was an anomaly due to a cluster of cases.
Yardley and Hamilton said that the region's low prevalence of STDs can be attributed in part to the clinic's focus on education, diagnosis, treatment, and management.
Bangor Daily News
02.27.2008; Dawn Gagnon
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