Record hits a Minnesota sexual sex infection rate for teenagers

Record hits a Minnesota sexual sex infection rate for teenagers

A survey of the University of Minnesota shows that sexually transmitted infections occurred among adolescent Minnesota to the highest levels ever last year.

According to the report of the University of Minnesota Medical, teenagers account for up to 7 percent of Minnesota's population, but they account for a quarter of Minnesota's chlamydia cases and more than 15 percent of gonorrhea infections in 2018.

"It is certainly alarming to continue to look at rates of sexually transmitted infections among young people," said Jill Farris who leads the school's youth sexual health training program.

• 2017: Teenage pregnancy is down, but gonorrhea is up
• 2018: Minnesota STD rates are always climbing

She said that TSIs are up while the pregnancy is among the youngest ever low.

“We have a lot of young people who are using very effective methods to prevent pregnancy and we are very happy with that,” she said. "I think at the same time that prevention messages on sexually transmitted infections are not just sinking," Farris said.

Farris public health workers need more resources for teenage education.

"It is clear that young people have said that it is good to avoid pregnancy until they are a little older," she said. "And we want to give the same messages about avoiding TSIs. T

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