STD rates rise in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, ND - Sexually transmitted diseases are at an all time high, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. The DoH is advising people to get tested, regularly and be proactive about their health.

One of the epidemiologist for the state says many STDs are asymptomatic which means you don't know you have one if you don't get tested which spreads it to other people. She added from 2017 to 2018 there's been a dramatic increase for gonorrhea and the trend is continuing in 2019. Syphilis is also being found in more people, it can also be transmitted to infants, known as congenital syphilis.

"Syphilis used to be pretty much non-existent, we didn't see it in North Dakota very much 'bout 20 years ago, and now it's on the rise," said Shari Renton, epidemiologist for the state.

Renton says a lot of these diseases are curable, but if left untreated can leave serious consequences. She added throughout the entire country, there's been a dramatic increase for people with STDs in just four years.