CITY OF SOLTECH LAKE – Sexually transmitted diseases continue to be the most common infectious diseases reported in Salt Lake County, health officials say, and are common among teenagers.
According to statistics for 2018, published by the Salt Lake County Health Department on Tuesday, chlamydia is the most common infectious disease, followed by gonorrhea. Hepatitis C is third, followed by hospitalized cases of influenza and latent tuberculosis infection.
Over 5000 cases of chlamydia were observed in October last year, the numbers of which are quite consistent with the previous three years. Just under 2,000 people have had gonorrhea, the number has increased steadily since 201
The annual report for the first time breaks down diseases by age group, officials say, and findings among
"As in adults, sexually transmitted diseases are among the most common infections in our youth of 15-17 years," the executive said in a statement. director of the health department, Gary Edwards.  "This is disturbing and an indication that our current approach to sexually transmitted education is not working," he said. "Teens need accurate, realistic and comprehensive STD education – whether it is at home, at school, at church, or in another place appropriate for discussion."
Sexually active young people need regular tests for STDs, he says he as many people who have infections show no symptoms. Untreated PDBs can cause infertility, cervical cancer and other serious health problems.
The county health department offers a test for PDBs to anyone 14 and older, with or without parental permission, officials said.
The clinic at 610 S. 200 East is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and accepts patients with a walk. Appointments can also be made at 385-468-4242.