The Washington State Department of Health says STD's (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) have risen steadily over the last five years, and nationally, are at an all time high--in Washington state as well.

National data shows the following increases in the four most commonly found diseases:

1.8 million cases of chlamydia; 19% increase since 2014.

583,405 cases of gonorrhea; 63% increase since 2014.

115,045 cases of syphilis; 71% increase of infectious syphilis since 2014.

1,306 cases of syphilis among newborns; 185% rate increase since 2014.

Of these chlamydia is the most commonly reported, and it's highest risk age group is women ages 20-24.  In general, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) who released the study, the highest risk STD groups are as follows:

*Young persons ages 15-24

*Gay or bisexual men

*Pregnant women

Pregnant women were included in the high risk category because of the dangerous consequences STD's can have on unborn babies. There are a number of serious complications and issues that can be passed onto a baby from these STD's.

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