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Sexually Transmitted diseases climbed to a record high last year.

Kstp.com reported that sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis climbed to a record high last year, the state Health Department said on Monday.

The Health Department said that data showed that 16,428 cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported in 2006. Of those cases, about 13,000 included people infected with chlamydia.

Nearly 70 percent of the chlamydia outbreaks were among teens and young adults, ktsp.com reported. Star Tribune reported that almost one out of three chlamydia cases occurred in greater Minnesota.
Officials said there was a slight drop in gonorrhea cases last year, but the number still hovers around 3,300. There were 104 cases of syphilis reported in 2006, the Star Tribune reported. Gay and bisexual men accounted for 80 of those cases, the department said.