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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:53 PM

Alaska leads nation in chlamydia, second in gonorrhea

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) today released its 2018 STD Surveillance Report. In this annual snapshot of key trends for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States, Alaska again ranks first among states in per capita number of cases for chlamydia and second for gonorrhea. Alaska’s rankings for those STDs remain unchanged from the CDC’s 2017 STD Surveillance Report.

High STD rates are not unusual news for Alaska, but they are alarming and should serve as a reminder to Alaskans to practice safe sex and get tested. Alaska has consistently ranked among the highest per capita among states for chlamydia since tracking began in 1996. Rates of gonococcal infection (GC) – more commonly called gonorrhea – are consistently higher than the national average rates and Alaska has been experiencing a gonorrhea outbreak since October 2017.

In March 2018, the Division of Public Health noted a syphilis outbreak. Although ranked below the national average, syphilis rates in Alaska have increased considerably. In its report, the CDC highlighted a national increase in congenital syphilis, which is when the infection is passed from a mother to a fetus. In Alaska there is an increase in syphilis among women. Screening is an important first step and women should see a doctor if they notice a sore or rash, or if they think they’ve been exposed. Alaska has also recently experienced a cluster of HIV cases in Fairbanks; HIV is not covered in this CDC report.

“Unfortunately, Alaska is a place where you can easily acquire a sexually transmitted disease,” said STD/HIV Program Manager Susan Jones. “And on many STD reports, individuals can have more than one infection at a time. Even though some of these infections seem minor, they are not benign and can cause lifelong problems. We must work together to stop these infections. It is a task for patients to practice safe sex, providers to test for and treat infections, and public health to help control outbreaks. Testing can be your first step, and if you have an STD, get treated and help get all your partners tested and treated.”

Read more: https://www.anchoragepress.com/alaska-leads-nation-in-chlamydia-second-in-gonorrhea/article_58b5ad42-e9fa-11e9-88aa-636a10d9d577.html

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TexasTowelie Oct 2019 OP
Iliyah Oct 2019 #1
Scoopster Oct 2019 #2
Sanity Claws Oct 2019 #3
Zambero Oct 2019 #4
markbark Oct 2019 #5
Ohiogal Oct 2019 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:58 PM

1. Oh for Pete's sake . . .

Comes on America, we need "good" affordable health insurance for people to at least have general check ups.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 01:58 PM

2. First in Syphilis is actually the White House n/t

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 02:11 PM

3. The Palin clan does get around

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 02:24 PM

4. Yup, It's hard to keep Track

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 02:46 PM

5. Well of course

The Palins live in Alaska...

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 02:49 PM

6. Is there sufficient access to clinics and doctors up there

And do most people have insurance? Do they make any effort to educate the population on this epidemic?

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