Sexually transmitted diseases are spiking in South Dakota, and state health officials say social media is helping to fuel the fire, reports the Pierre Capital Journal.
Social media sites are providing information about parties and where to find sexual partners -- often anonymous -- and that has helped drive chlamydia rates to an all-time high of 4,170 in 2014, a 25 percent jump from 2013. The story is similar for gonorrhea and syphilis, with the state's 95 cases of syphillis the highest since 1970 and the 900 gonorrhea cases up 41 percent and a high since the 1980s, according to a state news release.
Healthcare providers in the city of Sioux Falls are offering free STD testing, reports South Dakota Public Radio.
Find montly and annual reports on infectious diseases online from the South Dakota Department of Health.
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