Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Cases Are Skyrocketing In Utah
A new Utah Department of Health (UDOH) report shows that chlamydia and gonorrhea cases are on the rise in the Beehive State. The report finds that chlamydia cases rose by 50 percent while gonorrhea cases nearly doubled during the last five years. The report, “Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Epidemiological Profile Utah 2003-2007,” also found that:
• Chlamydia was the number one most frequently reported communicable disease in Utah. Gonorrhea was number four.
• 23,166 cases of chlamydia and 3,451 cases of gonorrhea were reported in Utah between 2003 and 2007.
• 85 percent of reported chlamydia and 93 percent of reported gonorrhea cases occurred in those who lived along the Wasatch Front.
• These two sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were most commonly diagnosed in 15 to 29 year olds.
The UDOH is aiming to reduce the problem with a new campaign called “Catch the Answers,” that will educate young adults, parents and health care providers about the two common STDs. The campaign asks common questions about chlamydia and gonorrhea and then drives the public to the Web site www.CatchtheAnswers.com for more information.
“Can I catch gonorrhea in a hot tub?,” asks one of the campaign’s new ads. “Can I kiss someone with chlamydia?,” reads another. The ads are reaching out to Utah through radio advertisements, billboards and ads on buses and TRAX.