Health Team

STD rates high in NC

Posted April 7, 2011
Updated April 8, 2011

— About 19 million new sexually transmitted disease occur each year in the United States. Almost half of those cases are in people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Evelyn Foust, the head of the Communicable Disease Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, said STDs can cause hospitalizations. 

“The good news is, if you get informed, knowledge is power. Then, you can reduce your risk and not get infected," she said. 

North Carolina ranked 14th among states for chlamydia rates in 2009, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those numbers continue to climb.

African-Americans are disproportionately affected, making up 46 percent of cases reported.

Gonorrhea rates are down to their lowest level ever recorded nationally, but North Carolina ranked seventh, with African-Americans representing 60 percent of cases.

North Carolina ranked eighth in the nation for primary and secondary syphilis, with African-Americans representing 79 percent of cases.

Among the 40 states that report HIV cases, North Carolina ranked seventh.

It's the younger population that's most at risk, so parents need to get involved, Foust said.

“Talking with your children, talking with your teens, talking with the young adults in your family about sexually transmitted diseases is a critical conversation that's a must-have,” she said.

WRAL Health Team STD incidence high in NC

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for STDs. It's estimated that less than half of people who should be screened receive the recommended screening services.

STD screenings are done through urine and blood tests. Rapid HIV tests can provide results within 25 minutes.

Knowing if you have HIV or another sexually transmitted disease is important for your health and the health of your partner.

Free and confidential HIV and STD tests are available in many doctors' offices and public health departments. For more information on where you can find these test services, go to the CDC’s National HIV and STD Testing Resources webpage.


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  • RealHouseWifeOfRaleigh Apr 14, 2011

    I am appalled at the racial consciousness of people by the comments posted! You have a right to your opinion, and here's mine-If you can't see the disparities in lower class individuals then you must be blind. When only 1 out of 10 children born in poverty make it out the system, something is extremely wrong. The system is set up for most to fail, which they do, and then for people such as most of your here to sit on your mighty thrones and judge from afar. Unless you have lived this life and escaped from it,then please don't speak on what "they" should be able to do!

  • question_why Apr 12, 2011

    I went out to the website mentioned in previous post (
    I'm surprised the article did not bring attention to the fact that Wake county is pretty high in the list of counties and had a 50% increase in AIDs reports from 2009/2010.

  • Iworkforaliving Apr 11, 2011

    they did show the stats for other races.

  • mustangyts Apr 11, 2011

    fatchanceimwrong, I commend you! What you just said is based on facts. Hard facts that cannot be disputed. We feed this culture with welfare and numerous programs that prop up these people. Every time I look at the news, there is another robbery, more stds, more issues with education, more murders and other social ills. Its amazing what 5 percent of our society can do to the other 95 percent. We continue to feed the monster that welfare created years ago. The problem lies in the naive of the 95 percent. I wish all of the "progressives" could take all of their social projects within their borders and create their own country. We conservatives can create our own. The "progressive" country would become a hodgepodge of disfunction, while our country would thrive. Our problems would be minimal and those that truly need help would recieve the assitance they really need. Our education systems would climb back to the top. Its really simple.

  • Massdaddy Apr 11, 2011

    Ewww...ya'll are nasty.

  • ncspamfish Apr 8, 2011

    i think there is a correlation between the incidence of STDS on one hand and the inability to perform in various academic environments for certain segments of the population.

  • westoflyra Apr 8, 2011

    This is why marriage and monogamy is preached here in the "Bible belt". It works provided that each practice what they preach.

  • newwake Apr 8, 2011

    step up and start being a man...take care of your business and your family.

    AMEN AMEN and AMEN!!!!!! Thank you for posting that fatchanceimwrong. I'm right there on the same page. Has been my gripe all along. But we can't be too vocal cause then we are discriminating. As for me personally, I dont judge by coloe but by character!

  • JuicyDeetts Apr 8, 2011

    North Carolina promoting abstenance instead of prevention, and this is what happens with that, more pregnancies and diseases b/c young adults don't protect themselves!!!

  • frankbad15 Apr 8, 2011

    People in this state, are so stuck in the stone ages. Thats why we keep making news, and looking stupid to the rest of the nation.
    Also I may not see this as a black black thing, it maybe a poor thing. Some people cant afford to go to the doctor. Also the prison system is also apart of this issue.