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Alaska Reports Increase in Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Alaska has reported high rates of the sexually transmitted diseases Chlamydia and gonorrhea, as they have spread in the state’s rural areas. The Alaska Division of Public Health reveals that 6,026 Chlamydia cases were reported in 2010, up 13% from 2009. Gonorrhea cases were 1,273 in 2010, up 23%.

Health experts say Alaska’s demographics could be the reason for the rise in STDs. Alaska has a younger population compared to other states. Plus, the diseases are more prevalent among the native population in the state’s rural areas. Timely treatment may also be lacking in these rural regions.

Alaskan doctors have been advised to prescribe appropriate medicines to the sexual partners of STD-affected patients. Chlamydia cases are increasing all over the U.S., maybe because its symptoms are not noticeable easily. Chlamydia is not a benign disease and can even cause infertility in women.

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