Sexually Transmitted Disease rates rise


SC STD Rates Up

Higher than most states in the US

April 16, 2019 - 12:04 pm

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise around the county.  Here, in South Carolina, STD’s are spreading faster than in other states.

Overall, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia are spreading faster here in all but 2 other states. 

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that in 2016, across the country, there were 2 million cases of STDs.  That number has grown dramatically since then and continue to rise.

South Carolina’s chlamydia rate is fifth in the country but showed an even higher increase rate year to year. The state also ended up ranking fourth for gonorrhea. The figures were worse for women in South Carolina, too. 

There are some STDs that cannot be cured. There are others that lack symptoms so people don’t typically get tested or treated.  The CDC warns that with record STD rates, the public needs to take precautions when it comes to sexual activity.

April is National STD Awareness Month and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is holding a day of no-cost STD screening for South Carolinians on Wednesday, April 17th.  Between 8:30am and 5pm, residents can visit their local health department to be tested for hepatitis C, HIV and syphilis at no cost. Appointments are encouraged and may be scheduled by calling 1-855-4-SCDHEC. (1-855-472-3342)

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