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STD cases reach record high

Right now the CDC is reporting higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases and infections in Iowa. That echoes a similar trend across the United States.

Right now the CDC is reporting higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases and infections in Iowa. That echoes a similar trend across the United States.

Department of Human Services reports 2 million more cases of HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis last year in the United States. 1.6 million of those cases were from Chlamydia.

Disease intervention specialist, Shannon Wood, with Iowa's DHS says with so many new cases, they've had to change their focus.

"We have so much Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV that we're not able to get to all the Chlamydia people, so we make sure people who test positive for Chlamydia get treated, but then it's the providers responsibility and the partner's patient's responsibility to get their partner in for treatment," said Wood.

The department believes this uptick could be a positive thing. Wood says when more people have access to affordable healthcare, more take action and get tested. However, that access is a double edged sword.

"In one sense people are getting more access to health care, but because of the closures of a lot of clinics that have been happening lately due to funding, people in rural areas that can't get two hours to a clinic aren't being tested."

The Iowa Department of Public Health also says with Iowa's lower population , STD's are less of a threat compared to major metro areas.

Wood stressed that STD's can impact everyone regardless of race or social class, so be sure to get tested every year and don't be afraid to have that conversation with your doctor. When you get a new partner, be sure to get tested again, just in case.

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