STD numbers are up

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MASON CITY, Iowa – A new report shows there were more cases of sexually transmitted diseases in 2015 than ever before.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found more than 1.5 million people with chlamydia and nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea.

Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health disease prevention specialist Betty Krones said the number of cases of gonorrhea from 2014 to 2015 has gone up more than 12 percent nationally and 37 percent in Iowa.

Krones said the easiest way to reduce risks of STDs is abstinence. She said when that isn’t an option, there are alternatives.

“Limiting your partners, making sure your partner does not have not other partners, and you don’t don’t have other partners, it’s called mutual monogamy” said Krones. “And using condoms, a condom used from start to finish every time for every kind of sex does a really good job at reducing STDs.”

Krones said STDs like gonorrhea are becoming more drug resistant faster than there are antibiotics available. She said though there is treatment, it might not always be that way.

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