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STDs on Guam reach a record high

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases on Guam reach a record high. According to the CDC, Guam ranks fifth in the nation for cases of Chlamydia. Last year reporting nearly 700 cases per 100,000 people.

The numbers are part of a larger trend in the mainland and Guam. The U.S. seeing an increase in gonorrhea and syphilis among youth ages 15 to 24.

Marie Perez, a CDC investigator with the STD program at Mangilao Public Health says they're working to increase education but the stats are alarming, telling KUAM News, "The high Chlamydia is alarming but it's also a sign as I said before it could be a variety of factors it could just mean we need to increase our education awareness on island and kind of fight the stigma towards them and getting tested. It could also mean Guam is just doing a better job at its disease surveillance."

Though you can live with an STD, she warns it could lead to complications like infertility and blindness in the future.

She encourages you and your partner get tested for free at Public Health or call 735-AIDS or 2437.

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