GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt County is experiencing a rise in sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services found the of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reports in 2015 rose to their highest levels in three years.
East Carolina University assistant director for wellness promotions Lydia Hitchcock said communication can lower STI rates.
“Just get the dialogue going; get people talking,” Hitchcock said. “They’re comfortable enough to engage in these behaviors with each other, but they’re not comfortable enough talking about it so we’re trying to get people to talk to their sexual partners about [each other’s sexual] history; what they can do to empower themselves.”
Pitt County’s community health assessment lists combating STIs as a top health priority in the coming years.