Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported a rapid rise in STDs in the U.S. and unfortunately, it’s affecting Eau Claire County too.
Area health officials told News 18 there are already 505 reported STI (sexually transmitted infection) cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis, with a 60 percent increase of Gonorrhea cases in the county, since last year.
The CDC cited a major drop in condom use for the steep increase in STIs and other STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Eau Claire County health officials agree with that inference, and said another factor could be that people have access to better treatment.
“Get tested. Many STIs don’t even have symptoms,” said Paulette Magur, director of the communicable diseases department at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. “You can have a STI, not know it, and spread it to someone else, and then everything just continues on, especially if you have multiple partners. So, get tested.”
Magur also said there are many resource available through the health department and local clinics to help prevent STIs and prevent spreading them.