Which South Carolina county has the highest rate of chlamydia in teens?

ALLENDALE COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – More than 7.5% of teenagers were diagnosed with chlamydia in 2019 in the county of South Carolina with the highest rate, according to data from the health agency of the State.

Overall, 3.35% of teens ages 15 to 19 were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection last year, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, totaling 10,857 cases. However, since many teenagers are never tested, this number is likely higher.

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the country and is easily cured, provided it is caught early. If left untreated, it can lead to difficulty getting pregnant in the future.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women under 25 get tested annually.

Symptoms for both sexes include abnormal flow and burning sensation when urinating.

South Carolina continues to have one of the highest STI rates in the nation, despite a 70% drop in the teenage birth rate since 1991, according to Fact Forward, a nationwide initiative. Report Aiming to Reduce Rates of STIs and Teen Pregnancy.

According to Fact Forward, teens are afraid to tell their healthcare providers if they are sexually active because they fear privacy, and many of them are never screened.

In 2017, South Carolina ranked fifth in the nation for chlamydia rates and fourth for gonorrhea. Young adults are particularly at risk, the data shows, with people between the ages of 15 and 24 accounting for 67% of all chlamydia cases.

According to the 2019 South Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey, about 37.4 percent of students ages 15 and older have had sex, and about half of middle school students report having done so.

And while condoms are the best prevention for those who are sexually active, 46% of teens said they didn’t use one the last time they had sex, according to Fact Forward.

Here are the counties with the lowest rates of chlamydia diagnosis among adolescents, per 100,000 people:

37. Anderson- 2,587.4

38. Kershaw – 2,500

39. Greenville- 2,485.1

40. Berkeley – 2,466.9

41.Edgefield – 2,434.3

42. Lexington – 2,424

43. Spartanburg – 2,388.4

44. Calhoun – 2,368.4

45. Oconea – 2,067

46. ​​Pickens – 1,715.1

Here are the counties with the highest rates of chlamydia diagnosis among teens, per 100,000 people:

10. Marlboro – 4,972

9. Bamberg- 5,175.3

8. Orangeburg – 5,201.1

7. Lee- 5,258.1

6. Clarendon – 5,265.7

5. Jasper – 5,522.3

4. Syndicate – 5,748.6

3. Marion- 6,207.3

2. Williamsburg – 6,709.3

  1. Allendale – 7,572.8

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