Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are on the rise in Minnesota, with reported chlamydia cases doubling in the past 10 years, officials say.
That makes chlamydia the most common disease in the state, even among non-STIs, including the flu, according to the House Public Information Services office.
Lawmakers learned these grim facts this week at a House committee hearing, during a discussion of a bill that would require the Department of Health to come up with recommendations on how to significantly reduce sexually transmitted infections.
David Johnson, an epidemiologist with the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, told the committee that in 2007 there were 17,057 STI cases reported to the state, with 13,412 of those being chlamydia. And it’s likely much higher, because many cases aren’t reported.