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STDs on the rise for Mahoning Valley teens

Friday, January 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Samantha Porter
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"YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s something no one really wants to talk about, especially with kids. But, sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in the Mahoning Valley.

This year, children as young as 10 will be treated for sexually transmitted infections in the Mahoning Valley. And data from the Ohio Department of Health shows the infection is spreading.

Over the last five years in Mahoning County, 1,157 people reported new cases of chlamydia in 2014 — a 16 percent increase from the year before. And, with the exception of a jump in reported gonorrhea cases in 2011, the number has been gradually increasing, with 10 more cases reported this year as opposed to last year.

In Trumbull County, 293 teens ages 15 to 19 were diagnosed with chlamydia and 69 with gonorrhea in 2014. In Columbiana County, those number were 79 and 15, respectively..."

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