Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Washington spiked last year, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday.
DOH recorded nearly 2,500 more cases of chlamydia in 2016 compared to the previous year. There were also 900 more cases of gonorrhea and 100 more cases of primary and secondary syphilis, according to recently released data.
With 31,193 cases of chlamydia in 2016, Washington has a rate of 434.2 per 100,000 residents. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD, with rates highest in 20- to 24-year-old women.
DOH is encouraging sexually active individuals to get tested and treated. The department said in a press release that it’s working with local public health agencies and community partners to enhance their capacity to investigate and reduce the spread of STDS.