Health officials: increase in STD reports may not be a bad thing

file0001185596879A national report on STD’s is showing increases in cases of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea across the board, but officials in Michigan are reporting a different story.

Cases of gonorrhea in the state increased at a smaller rate than the national average, and cases of syphilis actually fell in the state while increasing nationally.

Chlamydia cases did increase, but officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services say that’s because testing is becoming more rigorous.

Katie Macomber is with the state health department. She said the trends are positive.

“I would say overall we are doing really well, we are doing better than what other states are seeing nationally. Especially in terms of syphilis, the fact that syphilis is up 19 percent nationally and down 6 percent in michigan means our public means our public health partners are doing a great job.”

Macomber said chlamydia testing is increasing because of the impact that untreated chlamydia can have on fertility in women.