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Spike In STD Cases Concerns SF Health Department

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)- The San Francisco Department of Public Health is concerned about an unusual spike in STD cases.

Health officials are urging people who are sexually active to get regular STD testing as there appears to be a rise in Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

According to the health department, due to higher awareness and more frequent screening, the city tends to have a greater rate of STD’s than elsewhere.

Dr. Susan Philip, the city’s director of STD prevention, is trying to figure out why.

“It could be related to sexual behavior practices. It also could be that once a certain number of people within the community have an infection, you’re more likely to come into contact with that,” said Dr. Philip.

The department is in the process of analyzing the data, but Dr. Philip said high risk groups should take note.

“The rates of Chlamydia are highest in women who are 25-years-old and younger,” said Philip, who also said gay men and other men who have sex with men should have screenings for all three diseases.

The good news is that all three diseases are curable with simple treatment.

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