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New report shows STD rates in St. Louis at record high

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Sexually transmitted diseases are at a record high nationwide, but a new report shows St. Louis is a city at the top of the list.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports chlamydia and gonorrhea are on the increase, locally.

In 2015, the CDC report showed nearly 15,000 chlamydia infections diagnosed in the St. Louis area, which is 250 more than in 2014.

Gonorrhea cases increased by 900. Last year there were more than 5,000 reported cases.

Syphilis numbers stayed relatively the same with 417 reported cases.

Nationally, according to the CDC data, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are at an all-time high. Doctors said it’s because people aren’t talking about it and blames the need for more awareness and access to health care and prevention for the disease.

Medical experts said many cases go undiagnosed and unreported because people are unaware they have the disease because they did not experience the symptoms.

In the St. Louis area, there are several places that offer free confidential testing, counseling and prevention Click here 

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