The Truth About STDs in Pennsylvania

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise in Pennsylvania.   According to the CDC, there were 908 reported cases of syphilis in Pennsylvania during 2008. That is up from 574 reported cases in 2005.  The prevalence of gonorrhea in Pennsylvania is also troubling.  In 2007,there were 102 reported cases for every 100,000 people which puts Pennsylvania’s gonorrhea rate higher than New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and the six New England states.

Part of the reason that STDs remain such a significant problem is because they often go undiagnosed and they are highly contagious during sex.    The symptoms of syphilis often mirror other diseases which cause physicians to make incorrect diagnoses.  Additionally, physicians are not always testing people who admit to having multiple sexual partners for these conditions.

STDs are often highly treatable when detected early. However, they can become extremely dangerous if left untreated.

If you, or a loved one, are at risk for STDs it is important to ensure that your doctor conducts the necessary tests to ensure your wellbeing.