Cases of chlamydia are up seven percent since 2010, but the incidence of gonorrhea is even more troubling: double the cases in that same time period. Staff blame a mixture of irresponsibility and lack of health insurance.
"Tends to be a problem that people don't like to talk about, not a subject people are comfortable with, so I think that makes it a little bit harder to get awareness out to the groups that need to know about that," said Dr. Amy Person of the Benton-Franklin Health District.
Those affected are normally between ages 15 and 24. Health staff urge everyone who is unsure to get checked and tested.