EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County health workers want you to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. They’ve seen a spike in the number of cases, which they say is alarming and concerning.
The Lane County Health and Human Services department is reporting a 14-percent increase in the number of chlamydia cases and a nearly 40-percent increase in the number of gonorrhea cases.
These latest numbers are in comparison to the same time period in 2011.
The department doesn’t have any clear reason behind the big jump, but says this is an issue that affects folks all over Lane County, in small and big communities, regardless of age.
The Lane County health spokesman says high numbers for these two diseases is concerning since people often transmit them unknowingly.
“Both gonorrhea and chlamydia are essentially symptomless. There are some associated symptoms, but more often than not, people don’t know they have them and what that leads to is serious reproductive health problems,” said Jason Davis, Health & Human Services Spokesman.
Both of these sexually transmitted infections are treatable. Catching them early can prevent any major and/or long-term damage.
Lane County health workers say ultimately the burden of protection falls upon individual themselves. County officials are now encouraging people to use preventative measures such as condom usage and regular testing in order to help prevent a potential epidemic. Click here for more information.