Melba Moore, St. Louis City Health Commissioner, said her department wants to do more to education young people about protection.
Under the current school code in Illinois, schools which teach sex education should emphasize abstinence.
An annual report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing the city in 2011 ranked second for chlamydia and gonorrhea rates and 16th for syphilis rates.
The infection usually doesn’t cause any symptoms and goes away on its own. But certain types of the virus may cause genital warts and in some cases cancer.