User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


30° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

January 30, 2014, 6:12 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Sexually Transmitted Infections

It's a group of infections you don't talk about, but sexually transmitted infections are rising in South Dakota. Many of the new cases last year were people in their teens and 20s.

A group of South Dakota State University students aim to educate their peers about health-related topics.

"It's really important to get the word out," SDSU senior Lauren Uttecht said.

The students are members of a group at SDSU called Heroh or Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health. Among the topics they've been discussing is the increase in sexually transmitted infections or STIs.

"You have all these other diseases you are worried about and there's STDs people just kind of ignore. People don't think it's a big deal," SDSU junior Allison Guindon said.

"On campus right now it's alcohol education and then nutrition. Everything else is on the back burner," Uttecht said.

But Guindon says more awareness could possibly prevent some infections.

"It's kind of taboo. People don't ask it. If you're starting a new relationship and you don't ask them, they could have it. You really need to ask," Guindon said.

The group agrees that STIs are not just a topic couples should talk about, but parents should also have a conversation with their children.

"As a parent, they all go through the birds and the bees talk, but you can be more in-depth. Have the exact conversation. Don't try to jump around the point. Try to educate your kids," SDSU junior Brian DeGrote said.

Along with more awareness, SDSU senior Courtney Kolbeck believes there could be a connection between alcohol and STIs.

"The higher the alcohol use on campus the higher impaired decision making there is," Kolbeck said.

"You went out partying and you are drunk and you just don't care to ask. It's a really big deal that you ask or immediately use a condom,"  Guindon said.

According to the South Dakota Department of Health, last year there were more syphilis cases in the state than any year since 1970. The state also saw the most cases of HIV and gonorrhea since the 1980s.

For a more in-depth look at the number of STIs in the state, click here. http://doh.sd.gov/documents/statistics/ID/Dec2013.pdf

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Local Doctors Create Headache Treatment

4/15/2014 6:22 PM

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic, severe headaches on a regular basis.  Local doctors have now teamed up to create technology to diagnos...

Full Story | Watch
Local Eye Care Clinic Creates Viral Video

4/11/2014 12:05 PM

While health care is usually a serious job, the staff at Vance Thompson Vision hopes to provide a few laughs through an online video.

Full Story
Urgent Care Facilities Booming In Western SD

4/13/2014 4:29 PM

The push by health care systems toward urgent care has led to a booming operation of clinics in western South Dakota.

Full Story
Testing For Allergies That Affect Eyes

4/14/2014 6:13 PM

If your eyes are itchy and watery lately, you could already be battling spring allergies.  But it can be difficult to tell whether you're suf...

Full Story | Watch
New Online Mental Health Tool

4/14/2014 10:55 AM

With around one in five people experiencing a mental illness every year, local organizations are joining together to provide help online.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED