(8/29/2018) Sexually transmitted diseases are skyrocketing across the country, and right in our own backyard.
Gwendolyn Guillory with GO CARE says the epidemic is already ongoing in northeast Louisiana.
The Centers for Disease Control reports 2.3 million cases of Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis across the country in 2017.
Last year, the Louisiana Office of Public Health says the Monroe region had the highest diagnosis rate for Chlamydia and Syphilis.
“Wherever Syphilis is, HIV is not far behind. Eventually, in the end stage, it will effect your brain and that is irreversible,” said Guillory.
She says STD’s often go undetected because of the lack of accountability.
“Rather than saying ‘Oh my behavior. This is what I did this weekend at the club’ or somebody that, they met through an app. Theses are the results of an STD,” said Guillory.
In the region, she says STDs surround Ouachita Parish. 90 miles to the west, Shreveport is #1 in the nation for Syphilis, with Baton Rouge #1 in the state for HIV. El Dorado topping the cities in Arkansas for highest HIV rate.
“Always be prepared for the unexpected,” said Guillory.
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