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A growing STD problem in Washington

OLYMPIA, Washington — The Washington Department of Health is working on prompting people who are sexually active to get tested and treated for sexually transmitted diseases. The STD rate continues to rise in Washington — with record rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

The DOH reports that chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD. An untreated STD can cause serious problems. Pregnant women experience some of the worst outcomes from untreated STD symptoms. Congenital syphilis is a growing problem in Washington. From 2016 to 2017, there were as many cases of congenital syphilis as in the previous 10 years combined.

National STD data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found in the 2016 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.

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