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April is STD Awareness Month

Growing STD burden emphasizes need for screening


April 11, 2017

 CHEYENNE — Gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases are a growing burden in Wyoming and across the nation, particularly among younger individuals, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

In Wyoming, the rate of gonorrhea infections has increased six fold from 2012 to 2016. “This kind of growth is not something to unique to our state,” said Courtney Smith, Communicable Disease Surveillance Program manager with WDH.

“Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in the United States every year and the numbers tell us youth and young adults be...

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