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> Increase in STIs during 2015

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Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Friday, August 21, 2015

For more information contact:
Frank Kruppa or Theresa Lyczko at (607) 274-6600


Increase In Sexually Transmitted Infections

(Ithaca, N.Y., August 21, 2015) — The Tompkins County Health Department reports a local increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia. From January to July 2015, there have been 2 cases of syphilis, 38 cases of gonorrhea and 201 cases of Chlamydia. There have been several reported cases co-infected with multiple STIs including HIV. STI cases in both females and males have ranged in age from 18 to 55 years. Many syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia cases have reported anonymous sexual encounters arranged through internet hook-ups and dating phone apps. As a result of the anonymous encounter, they may not be able to notify sex partners of exposure.

STIs can be spread through oral, anal, and vaginal sex and can be present without symptoms. So you can’t “tell by looking”. Get peace of mind, get tested and use protection to safeguard your sexual health and well-being. Go to the Peace of Mind website for accurate information on sexual health and links to reliable, trusted, health resources and a listing of local sites that provide testing for STIs. 

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