Killeen: City ranks No. 8 in US for STDs

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The City of Killeen has the eighth highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the country, according to a new study.

The City of Killeen has the eighth highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the country, according to a new study. (File)

The study was done by Innerbody.com, a medical testing and advice company.

The rankings were based on statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Six cities from Texas were in the top 100.

Baltimore, Md. was No. 1 on the list.

Waco appeared at No. 33, Lubbock at No. 38, Austin at No. 56, Dallas at No. 60 and San Antonio at No. 74.

The study noted that in the Killeen metro area, there were 4,190 cases of chlamydia, 1,630 cases of gonorrhea, 52 cases of HIV and 26 cases of syphilis.

Bell County Chief Epidemiologist Gene Mikeska says that there are multiple factors.

“Obviously, it’s the high sexual activity and those that are involved, especially between the ages of 15 and 25, that are not protecting themselves,” he says.

Fort Hood is no exception, with many young soldiers who are sexually active.

While the number of recent cases among local soldiers is unknown, Fort Hood and Carl R. Darnall Army bMedical Center say they’re very much aware of the threat and the impact on soldiers.

Mikeska also notes that there’s an even bigger problem.

“These diseases are building resistance to the drugs that we use to treat them,” he said.

Health professionals do recommend those who are sexually active get tested annually.