FreCo has one of Wyoming's highest STD infection rates

Nov 29, 2016 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Fremont County is one of six counties to have the highest infection rates of sexually transmitted diseases in 2015.

According to a press release from the Wyoming Department of Health, STD infections "continue to be a troubling public health concern."

In 2015, gonorrhea infection was 1.5 times higher than in 2014 for the state, with chlamydia infections increasing by 3 percent.

Fremont County joins Campbell, Laramie, Albany, Natrona and Carbon counties for the highest rates of STD infections in the state for 2015.

In 2016 so far, 1788 chlamydia cases, 197 gonorrhea cases, 17 HIV cases and 12 syphilis cases have been identified and reported to WDH.

Fremont County has seen 212 cases of chlamydia, 30 of gonorrhea and two cases of HIV. However there have been no cases of syphilis so far.

"Unfortunately, these case counts are already higher than last year's numbers in most categories," WDH Communicable Disease Surveillance Program manager Courtney Smith said in a press release.

She added that case counts only tell WDH about the individuals who have been tested.

"We know others have also likely been infected and do not yet realize it," Smith said.

The release stated the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated more cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2015 across the nation than ever before.

"The CDC's report also indicated about 90 percent of reported syphilis cases in 2015 were in men, with gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men accounting for a majority of these cases," the release stated.

Actions recommended by WDH to help prevent STD infection include abstinence, limiting the number of partners, correct and consistent condom use and getting tested before starting a new sexual relationship.

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