By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Iowa health officials reported today that preliminary information from national 2018 STD surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the state are increasing, following national trends.
The number of individuals diagnosed with gonorrhea more than doubled in the state since 2015, reaching 4,839 known diagnoses in 2018. After a few years of leveling off, preliminary 2019 data indicate syphilis may be increasing in the state again. Although the majority of people affected by syphilis continues to be men, there are recent increases among women.