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Health Department urges STD testing


Margaret Pillon, Communicable Disease Nurse for Klickitat County Health Department, has reported an increase in the 2014 Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) rates for Klickitat County.

“In 2014 Gonorrhea rates increased 300 percent, Chlamydia rates increased 67 percent, and Syphilis doubled. Most of the cases of Chlamydia are in the age-24-and-under group. There seem to be more cases in the Goldendale area versus the White Salmon area,” according to Pillon.

The Health Department will treat anyone who has tested positive by the Health Department and treat their partner at no charge through the SafetyNet or STD/EPT program. The fee is set according to the client’s income. Testing can...

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