Like many other states this year, the Dairy State has seen a significant increase in STD rates. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has reported a 13% increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases statewide. This mirrors a growing trend and has many local health officials alarmed.
Wisconsin had more than 26,400 chlamydia cases. There were also more than 6,600 gonorrhea cases and more than 400 syphilis cases last year. All three STDs can be treated with antibiotics. The data can help public health officials identify communities that may need testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all sexually active people should test at least once in their life for STDs and HIV. Health officials from WDHS are urging anyone who has tested positive for an STD to inform their sexual partners and have them test as well. This is one way the WDHS plans to deter the spread of STDs throughout the state.
The largest number of STD cases were reported in Southeastern Wisconsin. This region accounted for more than 19,000 of the reported STD cases. The recent report indicated that certain groups of people are more adversely affected by STDs. These include the African-American community and young people in the teens and 20’s.
The CDC reported earlier this year that STDs were at a record high level in 2016. Many state health departments have already reported even higher numbers this year. Many people who are infected with an STD will not show obvious signs or symptoms. For this reason STD testing can often be the best way to know the current status of your sexual health.
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STD, there are many options for STD testing in Wisconsin. There are many treatments to help if you are diagnosed with an STD. Antibiotics can be used as a cure for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Speak to your doctor about your options for treatment.