STD cases in South Dakota on the rise, health officials say

South Dakota health officials say they are concerned over the increasing number of sexually transmitted infection cases in the state in recent years.

According to state epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger, South Dakota reported nearly 4,200 cases of Chlamydia in 2014 - the highest ever in the state. Gonorrhea cases have doubled since 2009, with 900 cases reported in 2014.

“Particularly concerning is the 95 cases of syphilis reported last year, the highest number of cases since 1970," Kightlinger said. "That includes three 3 cases of congenital syphilis, which we haven’t seen in this state for several decades.”

Kightlinger said screening and early diagnosis are essential to prevent the spread of STI's.

For more information about STI's in South Dakota, visit the state Health Department's website by clicking on the link attached to this story.