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County hopes to reign in STDs

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The county’s Public Health Department will launch a program with two neighbor counties in hopes of reducing the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases.

The Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing, Treatment and Prevention Program will work in conjunction with Columbia and Tillamook counties’ Public Health departments. The goal is to reduce the STD prevalence in the region by 10 percent over the next two years.

The prevalence of infections of chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea all have risen sharply over the last few years in Oregon, according to the county. With several of these diseases becoming more difficult to treat, a concerted effort to combat them is essential.

The partnership is the first of its kind on the coast, according to the county.

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