STD rates on the rise in eastern Carolina

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – STD rates are on the rise across the east.

According to the North Carolina Health and Human Services, STDs like syphilis have increased 40 percent in two years.

The Lenoir County Health Department said it treats for gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, every day.

The medical director said the climb in rates may be because men and women react differently.

A urine test for men is more accurate than for a woman. And men will typically show symptoms while women may not.

“Gonorrhea or chlamydia can remain asymptomatic in a woman and if a good amount of time passes that may develop into a more serious illness,” said Soloman Shapiro, Medical Director, Lenoir County Health Department.

Shapiro said the health department recommends every adult get tested at least once a year.

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