Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: Expert Opinions on HIV Cure Research
  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

U.S. News

Missouri: St. Louis No Longer Is Number 1 in 2 STDs

November 18, 2009

St. Louis ranked second-highest in the number of reported cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia per 100,000 population last year, compared to other US cities and counties, a new CDC report shows. For the past two years, the city ranked first for both diseases, and it ranked in the top five for the last decade.

In 2008, the city had nearly 4,300 cases of chlamydia and 1,890 gonorrhea reports, down by about 500 cases from 2007. That meant that St. Louis had 538.8 gonorrhea cases per 100,000 population, slipping below Richmond, Va., and 1,225.3 chlamydia cases per 100,000, just below Baltimore.

About two-thirds of STD cases in St. Louis are among persons ages 15-24. Health officials estimate that fewer than half of those who have gonorrhea and chlamydia are diagnosed and treated.

Advertisement
The city's recent education and screening programs have helped push down reported cases of the diseases, said Pamela Walker, interim director of the health department. Public health educators offer STD screening and education weekly at the city's Juvenile Detention Center, and the health department has made screenings more accessible by offering them at fairs and other community events.

"There's no acceptable level of STDs, especially among our youth," Walker said. "We really need to keep getting the word out. I think this is a reminder for parents to have their annual conversation with their teen about the dangers of STDs."

Back to other news for November 2009

Adapted from:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
11.17.2009; Blythe Bernhard


  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

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.
 
See Also
Quiz: Are You at Risk for HIV?
Ten Common Fears About HIV Transmission
Is HIV the Only Incurable Sexually Transmitted Disease?
The HIV-STD Connection
More News and Research on Gonorrhea

Tools
 

Advertisement