CDC STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month, and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging healthcare providers to educate patients about their risks of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea amid a national increase in cases. The number of infectious syphilis cases in Indiana rose 70 percent between 2014 and 2015, and preliminary data show a 15.9 percent increase from 2015 to 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking patients and providers across the U.S. to be diligent about STD testing and treatment. Untreated syphilis can lead to serious complications, such as infections of the nervous system and heart that can result in death.

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