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STDs on the rise in Weber-Morgan area

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In 2016, sexually transmitted diseases were the Weber-Morgan area’s top diseases, outpacing Hepatitis C and influenza.  The Weber-Morgan Health Department confirmed 871 cases of chlamydia and 212 cases of gonorrhea in 2016, which marks a three-year steady increase.  In 2015, Morgan had seven cases of chlamydia and one case of gonorrhea.

The infections are transmitted between partners by fluid exchange during anal, oral and vaginal intercourse.  Antibiotics can help control both diseases, although gonorrhea also takes an injection.  Left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause permanent damage to a woman, complications with newborns, and infertility in men. 

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