Minnesota Department of Health marks STD decline

Minnesota Department of Health marks STD decline

Good news: The total number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota -- chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chancroid -- took a 5 percent drop to 16,702 in 2009 from 17,649 cases in 2008 the Minnesota Department of Health said today.

Way to keep it clean, folks. But there's a cautionary note:

"Chlamydia was Minnesota's number one reported STD this past year with 14,186 cases," said MDH's Peter Carr. "This is almost identical to last year's totals where we saw 14,350 chlamydia cases reported."

MDH data show that about 70 percent of STD cases around the state occurred in teens and young adults aged 15 to 24.

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