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Work Still Ahead Despite Declining STI Rates in MO

December 13, 2010

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has dropped in Missouri, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Paula Gianino, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, says free testing campaigns and the "expedited partner therapy" law that went into effect in August has been helpful. The law allows doctors to prescribe antibiotics for sexual partners of patients who test positive for a STI.

However, despite the recent improvements, the rate of infection in Missouri remains high, Gianino warns, and people often don't realize they're infected.

"Many of the common sexually transmitted infections are fairly symptom-free. That's one of the problems we have in really bringing these rates down even lower."

Complications can arise from STIs such as chronic pelvic pain and infertility. If left untreated, certain STIs like syphilis can be fatalm, health experts say.

Planned Parenthood's ongoing Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign has raised awareness and led to more people getting a simple urine test, Gianino says.

"Reducing stigma, increasing access and making these tests affordable are the three major goals for Planned Parenthood's Get Yourself Tested or GYT campaign."

The report is available at www.cdc.gov.

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO