Brazos County sees 'slight' increase in STDs during nationwide boom

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - For the fourth year in a row, numbers of cases of sexually transmitted diseases have increased across the United States, according the the CDC. Officials are now reporting record-high numbers.

In Brazos County, health department official Mary Parrish says the problem exists locally, if less drastically.

“We have numbers from the last three months, and there has been a slight increase over last year,” said Parrish. “But, it’s nothing like the increases nationwide.”

Parrish says the health department’s research has shown that condom use is down, likely contributing to the rise in STD cases.

“We have to break the stigma,” Parrish said. “No one wants to be the person who has one of these diseases, but people are still having sex.”

Ignorance is an issue, says Parrish. She says many sexually active people think they could “spot” an STD in a potential sex partner.

“But a lot of these don’t show symptoms for a while,” Parrish said.

Parrish and the Brazos County Health Department’s mission is to educate and stop the spread.

“It’s time that we say enough is enough,” said Parrish. “People are having sex, and we need to help them understand that they should do so responsibly.”

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