STDs on the rise

Cases of chlamydia and other sexually-transmitted diseases are rising in the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph County area, according to 2016 data.

Lauren Vogel, medical officer at the tri-county agency, said HPV exposure remains the most common sexually transmitted infections, with chlamydia being the most frequently reported disease.

Vogel during last week’s department board meeting, said St. Joseph County showed 207 cases reported in 2016 with only 94 in Hillsdale County and 95 in Branch County.

Bruce Caswell, a member of the health agency board and a Hillsdale County commissioner, said the agency faced health issues with hepatitis A and STDs, caused respectively by drugs and unprotected sex.

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