Minnesota's STD Numbers Climbed to a New High in 2008
April 6, 2009
Reported bacterial STD cases in Minnesota rose 3.5 percent from 2007 to 2008, despite a significant drop in gonorrhea cases, according to the newly released annual state Department of Health STD report.
New cases of gonorrhea plunged 12 percent to 3,036 cases, with nearly 80 percent of diagnoses in Minneapolis-St. Paul and suburbs. African Americans had an infection rate 40 times that of whites.
Experts explained the racial disparities as partly due to poverty, less access to health care, and the self-sustaining character of a high rate of infection. Black residents are not more likely to be sexually active, and about half of both blacks and whites use condoms regularly.
New syphilis cases jumped 40 percent in 2008 to 163 cases, almost all among men who have sex with men (MSM). The number of MSM with primary and secondary syphilis increased 87 percent, with reports from across all geographic areas. However, Minneapolis accounted for 44 percent of MSM cases. While whites comprised 77 percent of syphilis cases, African Americans had a rate almost five times higher than that among whites.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
04.01.2009; Josephine Marcotty
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.