WA.) -- Are you having sex? Well, not right at the
moment but in general. If the answer is yes then you might be
interested in knowing that the state Department of Health (DOH)
recently released its 2016 STD data, and "rising rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea,
and syphilis" have prompted health officials to encourage sexually
active individuals to get tested and treated.
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Gay, bisexual, and other men
who have sex with men are disproportionately impacted by STDs, says the
Chlamydia is the most commonly
reported STD; the rates are highest in 20 to 24-year-old women.
Pregnant women experience some
of the harshest outcomes from untreated STDs. Washington generally has
less than one case of congenital syphilis per year; however, 2016
recorded the highest number of cases since 1992.
The 2017-2019 state budget
allocates $3.3 million per year for STD prevention, monitoring, and
DOH is working with local
public health agencies and community partners to enhance their capacity
to investigate and reduce the spread of STDs. Early detection and
treatment can interrupt the steady climb of STD rates.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention recently released the 2016 Sexually
Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.