State officials concerned over increased cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia

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Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health said Friday, preliminary data for 2019 indicate a continued increase in two of the most commonly reported conditions in Iowa, chlamydia and gonorrhea. For the period of January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019, there were 7,730 cases of chlamydia reported to IDPH.

This represents a 9.6 percent increase from the same time period in 2018. Gonorrhea cases for this time period in 2019 are at 2,572. This represents a 14.6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2018.

IDPH encourages adherence to CDC screening and treatment guidelines to ensure that individuals who are infected are diagnosed and properly treated. https://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/default.htm