Utah: Davis STD Rates Down for 1st Time in Years
August 21, 2008
Davis County health officials are projecting that gonorrhea and chlamydia infections there will decline in 2008, the first such drop in 10 years.
A recent survey of the Weber/Morgan Health District, Salt Lake Valley, and Davis County health departments found that the most pressing concern for officials was improving and expanding sex education for students, parents, and the public, Hatch said.
The board also heard a presentation about expedited partner therapy. Health departments in Utah generally favor allowing people diagnosed with an STD to give medication to partners without a doctor's visit, said Lewis Garrett, the county health director. However, doctors opposing the bill fear STD patients' partners could have allergic reactions to the medication, Garrett said.
08.13.2008; Loretta Park
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.