How many people will conduct an online research of a medical condition? Chances are most people, but did you know that the residents of Illinois are doing more research on the STD syphilis.
to a Medicare Health Plans analysis, Illinois residents researched
more for syphilis than anything else. Across the nation, other top
searches including syphilis, HIV/AIDS and ADHD (attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder). While the number doesn’t mean a rise in
the disease, it only means people are worried about it.
County Department of Public Health Dr. Terry Mason said syphilis
isn’t the STD to be concerned with, but chlamydia is. He said
people are 55 times more likely to be diagnosed with chlamydia and 15
times more likely to suffer from gonorrhea.
said Chicago has seen a rise in syphilis cases, making the number
higher than the U.S. average. He said the CDC ranks the city and
county has being the second highest among others in the U.S. Mason
said that equates to 30 people out of 100,000 where the U.S. is 8.7.
While Cook County follows the nation in terms of numbers, he said,
Chicago is much higher.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the most common STD
in Illinois is chlamydia and, after that, gonorrhea. However, the
federal agency said there has been a 12 percent rise in the number of
syphilis case since 2015. There’s also been a rise in gonorrhea
cases as well.
2016, the U.S. had over two million reported cases of chlamydia,
gonorrhea and syphilis, with the highest rates seen in the
Mason urged people to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, as most people may have one and not experience any symptoms. He also said syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are treatable with a course of antibiotics. Mason urged sexually active individuals to use condoms to decrease their chances of catching an STD.
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