Health Study Finds High Rate of STD in El Paso County

A health study has found an alarming rise in El Paso County of a sexually transmitted disease.

A report conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute shows that chlamydia cases in the county far exceed statewide and national rates.

The El Paso Times reports ( ) the study found there are 600 new cases for every 100,000 people in El Paso. The state average is 488 cases per 100,000.

El Paso City Health Director Robert Resendes says the area has a younger population that tends to be sexually active. He says another factor is the Fort Bliss Army post that has men "looking for love in all the wrong places."

Chlamydia can threaten a pregnancy and cause pelvic inflammatory disease and other complications.

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