It’s hard to believe the problem of sexually transmitted disease among Minnesotans could get worse. But, it did.
The Minnesota Department of Health’s annual report on STDs shows record-high cases — and that’s just the ones that are reported.
“Chlamydia reached a record level of 15,294 cases this past year,” Peter Carr, manager of the STD and HIV Section at MDH said in a news release. The number of syphilis cases rose to a 30-year high of 347 cases. Most of the syphilis cases involve men having sex with men.
Sixty-nine percent of the cases of chlamydia occurred in people between the ages of 15 and 24, and 63% of them occurred in suburbanites or in people in outstate Minnesota.
A Centers for Disease Control 2009 report said the state ranked 37th in the rate of syphilis.
In 2009, by the way, the rate of chlamydia in 15-24 year olds who were tested at family planning clinics, was half that of women tested at other sites.
Find the full report here.