Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire health officials say one in two people under the age of 25 will get an STD as new data shows the number of cases continues to rise.
Already this year, Eau Claire County saw 395 cases of chlamydia and 122 of gonorrhea.
Health experts say young people are at risk for reproductive damage from STDs because they do not go in as often to get tested.
The CDC believes the rise in STDs may be related to clinic closings and the declining use of condoms.
“They’re very communicable. They often don’t show any symptoms, especially chlamydia and gonorrhea. They often don’t show any symptoms until they’re actually doing damage to the reproductive tract,” said Kay Bogumill, a public health nurse with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.
Many health clinics, including the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, provide free or low-cost testing.
Bogumill said it is important to remember the three “t’s” – talk openly with your partner and doctor, get tested and get treated.
The problem is not limited to Eau Claire County. Health officials say there are more STD cases right now than any other time in recorded history.