Significant Increase in STDs in Taney County

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Did you make New Year’s resolutions to be healthier in 2019? Are you eating healthier and adding physical activity to your daily routine? That’s great. Don’t forget about your sexual health too. STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are on the rise nationwide with millions of new infections occurring every year. Here are a few statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about STD’s:

  • Chlamydia has increased by 22% since 2013
  • Gonorrhea has increased by 67% since 2013
  • Primary and Secondary Syphilis has increased by 76% since 2013
  • Congenital Syphilis has increased by 154% since 2013

According to a report from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS), Taney County has also seen an increase in these STD’s:

  • Chlamydia has increased by 49% since 2013
  • Gonorrhea has increased by 767% since 2013
  • Syphilis has increased by 300% since 2013

STD’s are typically passed from person to person through sexual activity including, vaginal, oral, and anal sex. If you are sexually active, you should be tested for STD’s as some of these infections don’t always cause symptoms or the symptoms may be very mild. If you are diagnosed with an STD, know that all can be treated with medicine and some can be cured entirely. If left untreated, STD’s can lead to further health problems or even death. Here are just a few of the complications that can happen if an STD is untreated:

  • If pregnant, pregnancy complications
  • Infertility
  • Certain cancers, such as Human Papilloma Virus(HPV) associated cancers
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Eye Inflammation

Here are some ways to prevent STD’s:

  • The best way to prevent STD’s if you are sexually active, is to always use a condom consistently and correctly
  • Limit or eliminate drug and alcohol use before and during sex
  • Choose less risky behavior

Make sure to talk to your health care provider about being tested for STD’s at your annual physical and get treated if needed. If you have questions regarding STD testing call the Taney County Health Department at 417-334-4544 or 417-546-4725.

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