Researchers at the University of Minnesota say youth in the state are contracting sexually transmitted infections at what they describe as alarmingly high rates. According to the 2019 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report compiled by the U of M Medical School’s Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center, adolescents ages 15-19 account for 25 percent of all chlamydia cases and 17 percent of all cases of gonorrhea in the state. That’s despite the fact the group makes up just seven percent of the population. The study states in its list of recommendations that researchers say increased federal and state funding is needed to build public health education campaigns and make testing and treatment more accessible.
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