In 2011, Mississippi had the second highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the country.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The Mississippi Department of Health reports new statistics rank Mississippi among the states with the highest rates of certain sexually transmitted diseases.
In 2011, Mississippi had the second highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the country. The 23,060 cases of chlamydia and 6,877 cases of gonorrhea in 2011 both represent increases from 2010. The state also ranked seventh for syphilis with 405 cases in 2011.
Mississippi's young people have been especially hard hit by these sexually transmitted diseases, according to MSDH. Ninety-one percent of 2012's chlamydia cases, 84 percent of gonorrhea cases and 53 percent of syphilis cases were diagnosed in people under the age of 30.
Free and confidential testing for these diseases is available at any county health department. Treatment is also available.
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