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Prevalence of STDs a concern at clinics

November 17, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Just days after announcing Americans are smoking more, the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed our health is worsening in another preventable way — the prevalence of sexually-transmitted diseases is climbing.

"In 2008, 1,210,523 cases of sexually transmitted Chlamydia trachomatis infection were reported to CDC," the new report states. "This is the largest number of cases ever reported to CDC for any condition."

"The continued increase in chlamydia case reports in 2008 most likely represents a continued increase in screening for this infection, more sensitive tests, and more complete national reporting but it may also reflect a true increase in morbidity," it added.

That sexually-transmitted disease is only one of several the CDC and public health authorities have been seeing increasingly nationwide in recent years, the most notable others being gonorrhea and syphilis.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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