Racine Health Department releases new data showing sexually transmitted diseases are at record high
RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The STD epidemic is getting worse. Sexually transmitted diseases are at a record high according to new data from the Racine Health Department.
There was a dramatic spike in cases in 2016. A record 1,500 cases were reported last year.
Chlamidya cases went up 4% nationwide. There were 79 cases reported in Racine last month. In Milwaukee, there were 921. Many people with chlamydia don't have symptoms and doctors say it can cause infertility if left untreated.
Several factors contribute to the rise of STD's including hook-up apps like Tinder.
Health experts say the apps help people engage in risky behaviors and anonymous sexual encounters.
Free STD screening is available through the Milwaukee Health Department
See below for the full report of the number of probable and confirmed cases reported for the City of Racine Health Department Jurisdiction in January of 2018.