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Rates in Native American and Alaskan Native populations

STD rates in Native American and Alaskan Native populations may not seem high when looking at the number of cases, but the cases compared to the population are what should be considered.

Native Americans and Alaska Natives made up 1 percent of the U.S. population, between 2005 and 2007, but also made up 1 percent of new HIV infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new diagnoses rate for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and hepatitis C were higher in Native Americans and Alaskans than whites and Asian or Pacific Islanders.  In 2010, the gonorrhea rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives was 105.7 cases per 100,000 people, the chlamydia rate was 592.8 cases per 100,000 - which was an increase of 7.8 percent from the previous year. During 2009 through 2010, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among American Indians and Alaska Natives increased 8.7 percent, according to the CDC.

All sexually active individuals should be tested for STDs. No matter what risk level or demographic an individual is in, he or she should be tested to ensure a clean bill of health and abide by safe sex practices to continue on with a healthy sexual life.

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