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Louisiana Leads Nation In Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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The NO/AIDS Task Force says the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are more of a threat to people in Louisiana, especially gay and bisexual men and young people, than in any other state in the country.

The group cites statistics compiled for 2011, released this week by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.  The numbers are based on cases per 100,000 residents.

According to the report, Louisiana had the highest case rates for gonorrhea and syphilis.  The state’s average is 9.9 cases per 100,000 people.  The national average is 4.5.

Louisiana ranked 3rd for chlamydia cases behind Alaska and Mississippi.  New Orleans ranked fourth among cities for chlamydia cases.

The NO/AIDs Task Force says the numbers show the need for community strategies that include testing, support, and education.  But the group says funding for those type of programs seems to decrease.

The group offers New Orleans’ only free STD screenings and is able to help people who test positive find medical treatment.