When people think of Florida they probably picture warm weather and sandy beaches. According to an article published in the Florida Courier, there are some things being increasingly associated with the sunshine state that are not so positive, namely, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The news source reports that throughout the state there has been a 14 percent increase in syphilis cases in the past year. Furthermore, 30 percent of these cases have been attributed to people under the age of 27, which supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statement that people between the ages of 15 and 25 are particularly susceptible to contracting these infections.
The news provider spoke to Sandra Zow-Johnson, STD/HIV program manager for the Seminole County Health Department, an area that is experiencing particularly high STD rates. She said that these statistics highlight that more needs to be done to reduce the incidence of syphilis and other infections. ”The drastic increase we have seen here in Seminole County has us concerned. We urge everyone to have safer sex and to get tested regularly,” said Zow-Johnson, quoted by the news source. “Practice safer sex. Know your partner and have a monogamous relationship. If a person decides not to do any of that, then I would recommend and encourage routine STD testing.”
The Seminole County Health Department, along with other Florida counties that are experiencing an increase in STD rates, is planning to participate in a marketing campaign that encourages people to use caution when engaging in sexual activity and to get screened for STDs often.The news source added that Florida ranks 13th in the country for syphilis, a ranking that the state is hoping to change over the course of the next year.