The U.S. and its territory – Guam – have seen a rise in the three most common sexually transmitted diseases.
from the Department of Public Health and Social Services noted that,
in 2017, Guam had over 1,100 chlamydia cases. This makes it the fifth
in the nation for the STD. While syphilis and gonorrhea cases were
not as high as the mainland, medical officials still saw an increase
in the numbers.
Health’s STD/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Program Acting Supervisor Vince
Aguon said there’s been a 100 percent increase in both syphilis and
gonorrhea cases. Aguon said the rise is following the mainland’s
trend. However, he said Guam recently implemented an electronic
reporting system, connecting his office to providers and labs on
said his agency is relying on clinics to submit reports. He said when
they conduct a test, they can flag it for the agency to see what the
to Public Health, the small Pacific island experienced the following:
Health shared this information to increase awareness during STD
Awareness Month, asking residents to practice safe sex, get tested
and get treatment if the results are positive.
said the agency can test individuals and get the results back to them
quickly. The idea, he said, is to eliminate the testing barriers and
help people feel more comfortable to attain the treatment they have
common three can easily be cured with the right drugs, but too many
cases are not diagnosed and not treated, which leads to even more
health problems such as ectopic pregnancy, infertility, infant
stillbirths and increased chances for HIV.
agency, in conjunction with the nationwide campaign, is holding an
array of activities to generate awareness. Agency health
professionals are also going to local school, University of Guam and
Guam Community College to share the information.
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