STD rates rise in Yuma

STD rates rise in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. - The Yuma County Public Health Services District sees an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in Yuma in 2016.

On Tuesday, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report stating sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are the highest they have ever been in the United States. They reported roughly 2 million reported cases of STDs in the country.

As for Yuma, we have also seen a slight rise in STD rates. 

In 2016, Yuma saw an 8.32 percent increase in cases of Chlamydia with 1,080 reported cases. There was a 1.7 percent increase in Gonorrhea with 241 reported cases. There was a 3.5 percent increase of Syphilis with 29 reported cases in 2016. 

According to the CDC report, young people aged 15 to 24-years-old ranked highest among reported cases.

"If you fall within that age range and you are sexually active, especially with multiple partners, get tested," Rachael Baker, public health nurse for Yuma County Health District said.

Baker said individuals can come in any time to the Yuma County Public Health Services District to their reproductive health services clinic and get a screening for sexually transmitted infections. The fee is 25 dollars but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

It is important to be safe rather than sorry and get tested. Most of the time people with an STD experience no symptoms at all.

"Nobody is going to judge you," M.D. Eduardo Sandoval at the Yuma Regional Medical Center said." In fact we encourage people to come and get tested because that's what a responsible adult does." 

He shared that unprotected sex could lead to HIV, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, still births, chronic pelvic pain or an unplanned pregnancy.

It is important to talk about STDs with your partners and healthcare provides, get tested and get treated with the right medicine. 

For more information on STDs contact: (928) 317-4550

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