ND sees uptick in STD caseloads
A record number of north Dakotans stepped into a doctors office for treatment of a sexually transmitted disease in 2011. preliminary data suggests the state health department confirmed two-thousand-426 cases of chlamydia in 2011. that compares to just over 24-hundred in 2010 and one-thousand-958 cases in 2009. state s-t-d program manager Julie wagendorf says Chlamydia cases have jumped 31-percent over the past five years while gonorrhea is up 35-percent. Wagendorf says the increase is largely thought to be the result of expanded screening efforts. North Dakota confirmed 248 cases of gonorrhea last year and recorded two cases of syphilis. Around 70-percent of s-t-d cases occur in the 15 to 24 year age group.