2013 was record year for chlamydia in Minnesota
It's all fun and games until it burns when you pee.
New statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health indicate both the state's chlamydia rate and the raw number of reported cases has never been higher than it was last year.
In 2013, there were 18,724 reported cases. That translates to 353 out of 100,000 Minnesotans getting "the clap." Minneapolis has the highest chlamydia rate of any city in the state, with 933 out of 100,000 City of Lakes residents getting it last year.
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Those numbers are up from 18,048 cases and a chlamydia rate of 340 in 2012, which at the time was a banner year for that particular STD.
Minnesota's gonorrhea and syphilis rates and the number of reported cases of each also rose last year.
Here's a data table breaking it all down:
Overall, there were 23,133 bacterial STDs reported last year, an increase of 10 percent over 2012.
Here are some MDH-provided bullet points breaking down the numbers (you can read the full report here):
-- Over the past decade (2003-2013), Minnesota's chlamydia rates showed an overall increase of 65% while the rate of gonorrhea has fluctuated but has overall shown an increase of 14%. Rates of primary/secondary syphilis have increased 260%.
-- Minnesota has seen a resurgence in syphilis since 2002, with men who have sex with men being especially impacted. The co-infection rate with HIV continues to remain high.
-- Racial disparities in STDs continue to persist in Minnesota with communities of color having the highest rates.
-- Between 2012 and 2013, the chlamydia incidence rate increased by 4%, while the gonorrhea rate increased by 26%. Cases of primary/secondary syphilis increased by 64%. The greatest growth was seen among late latent syphilis cases, which increased by 71%.
-- In 2013, incidence rates of chlamydia increased by 7% among males and 3% among females; gonorrhea increased by 23% among males and 7% among females.
-- STD rates continued to be highest in the City of Minneapolis. However, the Twin Cities suburbs and Greater Minnesota accounted for a large percentage of STD cases.
-- Adolescents and young adults (ages 15-24) accounted for 68% of chlamydia and 58% of gonorrhea cases reported in 2013.
-- In 2013, men who have sex with men account for 88% of all male early syphilis cases, and rates of primary/secondary syphilis increased 620% among Asian/Pacific Islanders.
An MDH spokesperson didn't immediately return a voicemail seeking comment.
Last year's MDH report provided a succinct breakdown of the possible consequences of each of the aforementioned STDs.
"Health officials noted that untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility in women and men and can be passed from an infected woman to her newborn children, causing premature delivery, infant pneumonia, and blindness," the report says. "Untreated syphilis can cause blindness, mental illness, dementia, and death. Untreated gonorrhea can spread to organs and joints leading to life-threatening conditions."
It's something keep in mind next time things get frisky and you're debating whether or not to use protection.
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