STDs Hit 30 Year High In SD

Jul 18, 2016
South Dakota Department of Health

State health officials warn that sexually transmitted diseases are at a 30 year high in South Dakota. 

In South Dakota this year there are over 2,000 cases of chlamydia, over 600 cases of gonorrhea and 17 cases of syphilis.

Lon Kightlinger is the state epidemiologist for the South Dakota Department of Health. He says rates of all sexually transmitted diseases are increasing.

A recent surge in sexually transmitted diseases in South Dakota is prompting free screenings in Sioux Falls. Planned Parenthood is providing tests for four STDs at no charge this week. The advocacy group and a doctor with the state agree that STDs are a growing public health concern.

The state epidemiologist says South Dakota had record numbers of STDs in 2014. By the end of the year, 4,170 cases of chlamydia were found in South Dakota. That’s the most ever reported in the state in one year.

Syphilis Surges In South Dakota

Jul 7, 2014

The number of people infected with sexually transmitted diseases continues to be on the rise in South Dakota. Health Officials say chlamydia is the most prevalent STD in the state with nearly four-thousand cases reported each year.

State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says reported cases of gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, hepatitis, and the HPV virus numbers have been increasing for the past four years.

Officials Say STDs On The Rise In South Dakota

Jul 7, 2014

Health officials say the number of sexually transmitted diseases in the state is on the rise. Learn which diseases are the most prevalent in South Dakota and how people can protect themselves.

The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting that the number of sexually transmitted diseases in South Dakota has been rising for the last four years.

State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD across the nation – and in South Dakota.

STD Awareness Month

Apr 24, 2014
Your STD Help

April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month.  Individuals, health care providers and community-based organizations are encouraged to bring a renewed sense of focus to their awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.  Studies show that people who have STDs such as gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis are more likely to get HIV compared to people who are STD-free.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million new STDs, including 50,000 new HIV infections, occur every year.  Mary Beth Johnson, CPN, leads Sanford Health's downtown Sioux Falls cl

Planned Parenthood Offers Free STD Tests

Jun 16, 2013

Planned Parenthood is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases at it’s Rapid City and Sioux Falls location on Tuesday, June 18th. Officials say sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in South Dakota, particularly in young people.

Planned Parentood Communications Director Jennifer Aulwes says they are offering the free testing day to everyone. She says there’s no appointment needed – just show up.