Reservation sees high STD levels

By Alastair Lee Bitsoi
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, Feb. 20, 2014

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Nationally, there is a high infection rate of gonorrhea, Chlamydia and syphilis cases. Locally, the contraction of these sexually transmitted diseases is trending at an even higher rate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2012 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance report, these STDs are hidden epidemics of enormous health and economic consequence in the U.S.

"All Americans should have an interest in STD prevention because all communities are impacted by STDs and all individuals directly or indirectly pay for the costs of these diseases," said Donnica Smalls, a spokeswoman for the CDC.

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