FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Allen County is seeing a significant increase in STIs this year.
There are already 200 more cases of Gonorrhea, and 44 more cases of Chlamydia than all of 2016. The Allen County Health Department plans to look at what may be causing the problem, and determine if an increase in drug use is a contributing factor. People ages 18-35 are affected the most, but not many are getting tested.
"Be responsible. Help prevent these infections and ultimate cancers down the road by getting your child vaccinated. You got to talk to your kids. So much of this starts and stops with the parts. You have to set the standards in your family. You set the culture and the tone for your family so that your kids are equipped to make good decisions," said Dr. Deb McMahan, Allen County Health Department.
Overall, Allen County is seeing an 11 percent increase so far.