• Number of STD cases in Washington continues to rise, health officials say

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The number of sexually transmitted diseases reported in Washington and across the country continues to rise, according to new data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    Officials said congenital syphilis is a growing problem in Washington. 

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    Twenty-three cases of congenital syphilis were reported in Washington from 2014 to 2018, up from only 13 from 1995 to 2013, officials said.  

    "Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have all been rising over the last few years," the Washington State Department of Health said. 

    Officials said chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD and the rates are highest in women ages 20 to 24.

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    Early detection and treatment can help slow the rise in the number of STDs, officials said. 

    "Data show sexually transmitted disease rates are higher among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men," health officials said. 

    Officials at the department are urging people who are sexually active to get tested and treated for HIV and STDs. 

    Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to HIV or a STD is encouraged to visit a health clinic or health care provider for testing and treatment. 


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