Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Cause for Concern in Clay County | Health

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Cause for Concern in Clay County
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Cause for Concern in Clay County

April is STD Awareness Month and sexually transmitted illness (STI) continues to be a concern for Clay County. “We are seeing a continued increase in Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in our young people ages between 10-24 years old,” stated Nancy Mills, Clay County Health Department Administrator. Mills refers to 2010 statistics that show 77% of all reported Chlamydia cases in Clay residents occurred in the younger age group compared to the 23% in the 25 years and older age group. Also, 59% of the reported Gonorrhea cases occurred in the younger age group compared to the 41% in 25 years and older. Reported syphilis cases were 43% in the younger age group compared to 47% in the 25 years and older group.

Ms. Mills stated STIs are serious infections. Even though the symptoms of Chlamydia are usually absent, serious complications can cause irreversible damage including the inability to have children known as infertility.  Chlamydia can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth. Gonorrhea symptoms can also be mild or absent. Untreated, Gonorrhea infections can cause infertility in men and women. Gonorrhea infection can also spread to the blood, joints and passed to a baby during childbirth.  Syphilis has more noticeable symptoms and can cause rash, seizures and even cause fetal death.

“Open, non-judgmental discussion with our young people is the key to solving this problem,” Mills recommended. “Parents, educators, pastors and other responsible adults can make a difference here. If young people understand the infections and how they are spread, they will be empowered to make informed choices about their behaviors and their health.”

For more information go to www.cdc.gov/std, or, www.FaceItFlorida.com , or call your doctor or the Clay County Health Department at (904) 529-2800 ext 2871 or ext 2852.

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