Tri-Cities see rise in STD's

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities is seeing a disturbing trend when it comes to young adults, sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise.

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.