UPDATE: Shows the latest numbers from the CDC.

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Some 400 new people were diagnosed with gonorrhea last year in the city, according to a report on sexually transmitted diseases to be released today by the Health Department.

Health Director Pam Walker says gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis are all up, but she says it’s not because of any cuts she has made to fight sexually transmitted disease.

“I have not cut communicable disease control in the five years that I’ve been director,” Walker said.

Without yet calling for funding increases, Walker warns that reducing STDs could be an expensive public policy problem.

“If I put 20 disease investigators in the field and they followed those 55 people around who have syphilis, could I probably get rid of it?” Walker asked, “Yeah, but that would cost about $400,000.”

Walker is calling on private providers and community clinics to help her locate the sex partners of people with known sexual diseases.

“If you have gonorrhea, then your partner probably has gonorrhea,” Walker said, “I need to talk to that partner and find out if they have three other partners, or we never break the chain.”

Walker says the latest number show gonorrhea up 31 percent, reversing what had been strong declines in recent years.  Syphilis was also up about 46 percent with 57 known cases.  The number of chlamydia cases rose about three-percent  to stand around 4,516, Walker said.

Speaking in general terms in advance of the report’s release, Walker also noted that HIV cases were up slightly, and AIDS cases down, because more people with HIV are getting treatement before it transitions into AIDS.

Copyright KMOX

Comments (2)
  1. tyler says:

    Shock!!!! My friend who is living with Herpes told me a report from CNN said that the world’s largest Herpes dating and support site SinglesHerpes. com which is powered by plenty of fish now has more than 1,100,000 members. Also, more than 80% of members on the site are good looking and sexy.

    The report also indicated that STD rates soar worldwide and CDC had granted CSU $1.9M for Herpes education to lower the rates of Herpes transmission.

    1. Lita says:

      I agree that it is eeetrmxly important to focus on our sexual education programs. Kids can grow up very very skewed ideas on sex and its ramifacations without proper education. Also, I think another point to note is that getting tested is a lot more common now than before and those could skew the rising numbers.Thanks, great post!

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