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Health in Brief: STDs on the rise in Arizona

STDs on the rise in Arizona

PHOENIX — Reflecting a similar trend across the country, for the third consecutive year Arizona is experiencing an increase in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis across the state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Surveillance Report, 2016.

The report shows that Arizona experienced a 22 percent increase in primary and secondary syphilis since 2015 to rank ninth-worst in the nation and a 7-percent increase in congenital syphilis to rank seventh. Primary and secondary syphilis refers to the first two stages after onset of symptoms while congenital syphilis is passed from pregnant women to their babies.

Arizona also recorded a 25 percent increase (10,330 cases) in the rate of gonorrhea infections to rank 20th and an 8 percent rise (34,923 infections) in chlamydia to stand at No. 16.

Nationally, cases of primary and secondary syphilis increased by 18 percent compared with 2015, and 74 percent compared with 2012; gonorrhea cases increased by 19 percent over 2015 and 49 percent since the historic low in 2009; and chlamydia cases increased by 5 percent over 2015.

The CDC reported that:

• Adolescents and young adults aged 15-24 continue to make up the most reported chlamydia and gonorrhea infections and are now experiencing increases in syphilis.

• Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men continue to face the highest rates of syphilis and HIV co-infection.

• Pregnant women are experiencing some of the harshest outcomes from untreated STDs with the continued surge of congenital syphilis where cases have risen to numbers unseen since 1998.

“Preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases begins and ends with education and protection,” said Brenda “Bré” Thomas, CEO of the Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP). “Interrupting the spread and steady climb in STD rates must be a collective effort involving the entire community, from organizations like ours to health departments and medical providers who can take routine sexual histories as well as test, rapidly diagnose and treat patients and partners as the CDC recommends.”

To read the complete CDC report, go to  AFHP provides complete, unbiased, medically accurate information about contraception at For information about the Arizona Family Health Partnership, go to

Keeping Your Mind Fit

“Keeping Your Mind Fit — Activities to Boost Brain Health” is a free presentation to occur 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive, Prescott. Presenter Chris Knack, Home Care Assistance, will lead a fun and interactive session as he explains intellectual activities that help keep the brain sharp and healthy. Call 928-445-9300 for information or to RSVP.

Affordable Health Care information available

The Prescott Indivisible grassroots organization will be available in Prescott Valley to answer questions and give out information on the Affordable Health Care Act.

PI’s Human Rights Team will set up tables outside the Prescott Valley Walmart store to with information about ACA, including income limits, plan information, and general answers to questions about how to sign up and where to get help if needed.

Volunteers will be available for each day’s peak hours in the morning, at noon and pre-dinner on Friday, Dec. 1.

Those with questions or who want to help with this very important initiative, may contact Suellen Lemay at

Information from Prescott Indivisible.

Training to prevent opioid OD

Learn to end overdose deaths by carrying Naloxone/Narcan, a life-saving medication, at a free training open to anyone in the Prescott community.

Prescott Community Overdose Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Training will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St., Founders Suite A and B.

Attendees will learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, including how to use Naloxone/Narcan. People who use or have a history of using opioids, people in recovery, friends and family members, health care professionals, behavioral health and treatment providers are encouraged to attend.

The training is hosted by Sonoran Prevention Works. Free Naloxone kits will be provided.

RSVP to Turiya Coll at or 602-435-4233.

Information from Sonoran Prevention Works.


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