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CHCC releases latest communicable-disease data

THE sexually-transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea occurred most often among those between 15 to 24 years old, according to the 2016 CNMI data compiled by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Communicable Disease HIV/STD Program.

The latest data showed that 75 people in the group 15-19 years old had chlamydia in 2016. In 2015, there were 67 cases in the same age group.

For the age group 20-24 years old, 83 cases were recorded in 2015 and 99 in 2016.

In 2016, 14 cases of gonorrhea were reported among those 15-19 years old compared to nine in 2015.

Nineteen cases of gonorrhea were reported among those in the 20-24 year-old group in 2016. In 2015, there were 13 cases.

“The risks are high in these age groups because of many reasons,” said John Moreno, communicable disease manager. Among the reasons: “they are the age groups that are sexually active.”

According to Moreno, they go to schools twice a year to test the students and educate them about sexually-transmitted diseases.

“Having that awareness, hopefully, will encourage them to reduce the risks by having safe sex or practicing abstinence,” he added.

Reported STD cases by year

Chlamydia

2011 – 77 cases

2012 – 35 cases

2013 - 162 cases

2014 – 227 cases

2015 – 216 cases

2016 – 268 cases

Gonorrhea

2011- 3 cases

2012 – 8 cases

2013 – 6 cases

2014 – 20 cases

2015 – 41 cases

2016 – 62 cases

For more information, call the CHCC HIV-STD Resource & Treatment Center at 664-4050.