Milwaukee Health Department warns on syphilis, HIV


Wisconsin is not exactly the state with high prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STD). It is not in top 10 and far away from the leaders, thank goodness. However rising levels of STDs in US did not left Wisconsin untouched. As with overdose rates, statistic shows that the lower the comparison base is the higher the rate climb will be.

The state saw an increase of about 13 percent in common types of STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in the year 2016. There was diagnosed 400 syphilis cases, 6,600 cases of gonorrhea and 26,400 cases of chlamydia infection. Most cases were diagnosed within the Milwaukee metropolitan statistical area. Also, the city of Milwaukee accounts for nearly half of all new HIV cases statewide.

As the data for the year 2017 is still not compiled it became known that the trend is not broken. There was more cases of STD diagnosed in 2017, however exact numbers are yet to be published.

«Across the nation, STDs are being reported at epidemic levels. Locally, data indicates that half of all sexually active people will get an STI before the age of 25» – Angela Hagy, Director of Disease Control and Environmental Health for the City of Milwaukee Health Department.

Milwaukee Health Department launched a commute campaign to raise awareness about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Similar campaign, promoting the use of condoms, was launched in February. Ads will go live as soon as on Sunday.

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