SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento County has alarming rates of sexually-transmitted diseases according to the County Department of Health and Human Services.
In 2009, the county had the second highest rate of gonorrhea and the fifth highest rates of chlamydia and syphilis in all of California. More than 2,300 teens (ages 15 to 19) tested positive for chlamydia and 478 tested positive for gonorrhea.
"We speculate that it has to do with a lack of education, outreach and access to health care," said Dr. Glennah Trochet, Sacramento County Health Officer.
April is STD Awareness Month and the Sacramento County Public Health Division is partnering with GYT-Get Yourself Tested campaign, which will target local college youth through advertising campaigns, social networking and safer sex kit distribution.
"We are very grateful that they are partnering with us to get the word out to young people that they should get tested and that their sexual partners should get tested and treated, " Trochet said.