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Florida: Miami-Dade County Sees Surge in STD Cases

May 3, 2010

The Miami-Dade Health Department recently announced that STDs increased dramatically from 2006 through 2009.

From 2006 to 2009, syphilis was up 53 percent from 204 cases to 313, with men who have sex with men representing 73 percent of reports. Chlamydia cases surged 64 percent, from 5,069 to 8,330, with 71 percent of cases in females mostly between ages 15-24. Gonorrhea was up 24 percent, from 1,892 to 2,350 cases, with African Americans and Hispanics disproportionately affected.

"According to [CDC], the number of reported STDs represents only a fraction of actual cases since in many instances they go undetected and remain under-reported," the department said.

"We're obviously not reaching all of the right people with our messages," said Dr. Maria Alciade, assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Miami School of Medicine, who also runs an STD clinic for the health department.

Another reason for the increase, said Alciade, is that health officials are testing more. People who are sexually active should undergo yearly testing for STDs and HIV, she said.

Alciade also called for improved sex education at home, in schools and elsewhere. The state Bureau of STD Prevention and Control has launched a new interactive Web site aimed at teens, Another site,, allows people who have tested positive for an STD to anonymously alert their sex partners to seek testing.

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Adapted from:
Miami Herald
04.22.2010; Fred Tasker

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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.
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