(KTVI) – Gonorrhea and Syphillis are on the rise in the U.S. — mostly in men who have sex with men.
The just-released CDC data concludes this is linked to inadequate testing, limited access to healthcare and homophobia. How did the government come to that conclusion? And how does St. Louis rate when it comes to STDs?
Dr. Brad Stoner from the Washington University School of Medicine explains.
In St. Louis City: chlamydia (MOST COMMON) is DOWN 12.1%and gonorrhea is DOWN 9.7%, but St. Louis City still has the second-highest per capita rate in the nation for each of these diseases.
In St. Louis County: chlamydia is DOWN 3.0%, but gonorrhea is UP 5.0%. For the first time ever, St. Louis County reported more cases of gonorrhea than St. Louis City.
Syphilis is still a problem: the overall Missouri rate of primary and secondary syphilis is UP 15.4%, but the increase is LOWER for our area (3.3% for the St. Louis MSA, and 4.4% for St. Louis City).