Health officials battle increase in rural STD rates

June 20, 2019 8:49 AM | Deleted user

June 20, 2019, North Carolina Health News 

An increase in sexually transmitted diseases across the country isn't as surprising to health professionals as is the insight that rates of STDs are rising more in rural areas than in urban areas. Health officials are working to educate rural residents about the dangers of unprotected sex and to make residents aware that STDs are present in their area. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all increased from 2016 to 2017. 

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