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STD rates skyrocket in Klickitat County


Margaret Pillon, communicable disease nurse at the 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,” she reported. “Chlamydia rates increased 67 percent, and syphilis has doubled. Most of the cases of chlamydia are in the age 24 and under range. There seem to be more cases in the Goldendale area versus the White Salmon area.”

The symptoms of chlamydia can be mild or absent for up to a year, so people are not coming in for testing until they have symptoms. By the time symptoms appear, they may have had new partners, and their last partner may have...

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