STDs continue to rise in Alaska

    Kenai, Alaska (KINY) Alaska figures to have the #1 spot in the nation when it comes to the number of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea per capita.

    The Peninsula Clarion reported that Alaska had more than 2,000 cases of gonorrhea in 2017, an increase from 1,454 confirmed cases in 2016.  Alaska has ranked in either first or second place for chlamydia rates since 2000.  There were 5,698 cases of chlamydia in 2016.

    State officials said untreated chlamydia leads to a host of health problems like complications in pregnancy, infertility, and also spreads HIV.

    There was also a recent outbreak in syphilis infections in the state which can lead to neurological problems, tumors, dementia, blindness hearing loss and death.

    In March, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services released a public health advisory to raise awareness about the increase in syphilis cases reported in the first three months of this year.


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