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CDC: STDs Increase Nationally, in Washoe County

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From Washoe County:

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its 2012 STD Surveillance Report indicate an increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis nationwide. Increases in the same STDs are also occurring in Washoe County, with a more remarkable increase taking place from 2012 to 2013. Of note, gonorrhea and infectious syphilis cases increased 56% and 100% respectively from 2012 to 2013. From 2011 to 2012, the same diseases increased 9% for gonorrhea and 100% for infectious syphilis.

Efforts to decrease the level of disease in Washoe County include activation of the Syphilis Outbreak control plan that includes increased Sexual Health Program staffing and staffing assistance from Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness Division (EPHP), a social media campaign, strategic condom distribution, a Social Networks Strategy approach to increased testing of high risk populations, community outreach and education, and increased outreach to healthcare providers.

Area providers are asked to consider routine STD testing for patients and also when symptoms suggest a STD infection. Asking patients their sexual history and practices is a crucial piece of medical history that is often missed. Many STDs are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed, leading to serious complications that can be fatal if left untreated.

Community members are encouraged to seek STD testing through their primary care provider or the WCHD's Sexual Health Clinic. Many people that are infected with an STD do not have symptoms. Routine testing is important if an individual is engaging in unprotected sex. Safer sex practices are urged, including consistent condom use. Free condoms are available throughout the community, including the WCHD.

WCHD staff is available to answer questions for providers and community members. STD testing, including HIV is also available through WCHD's Sexual Health Clinic on a sliding fee scale based on income. Appointments can be made by calling 775-328-2470. Staff are available to answer questions and provide more information by calling 775-328-6147 or emailing

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