In 2013, there were 35,483 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Missouri — must be all those porn stars in Los Angeles…
For the first five months of this year, there have been 98 cases of chlamydia reported in Franklin County and 12 cases of gonorrhea, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
“We see quite a few chlamydia cases in Franklin County,” said Angie Hittson, director of the Franklin County Health Department.
The county health department tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. All of those sexually transmitted diseases are reportable, meaning that physicians and labs are required to report them to the county health department for tracking purposes.
The health department treats chlamydia but not the other STDs. The health department can also provide education and condoms.
There is a urine test for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and a blood test for HIV and syphilis.
Below is a breakdown of the number of STDs in Franklin County for other years:
2013, chlamydia, 289, gonorrhea, 31, syphilis, two;
2012, chlamydia, 256, gonorrhea, 11, syphilis, one;
2011, chlamydia, 251, gonorrhea, 21, syphilis, one;
2010, chlamydia 160, gonorrhea, 29, syphilis, three.
[That’s what one would call a pretty clear trend.]
There have been 49 reported cases of HIV, which is the virus that causes AIDS, in Franklin County between 1982 and 2013, according to the state health department. That excludes people diagnosed in Missouri correctional facilities.
Last year, there were 35,483 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Missouri.