MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCIV) — Charleston is synonymous with many things: church steeples, carriage rides, that famous dance, and, of course, rich history.
Perhaps surprisingly, it’s now also synonymous among some in the medical community with a strain of a highly infectious sexually transmitted disease.
Statistics from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control show rates of certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise.
In particular, the report shows a spike in newly diagnosed Chlamydia cases in 4 different regions across South Carolina. Since 2017, state records show over 90,000 new diagnoses.
In 2017, that report shows rates here in the Lowcountry hovered at just over 1,472 cases per 100,000 people. That’s nearly 3 out of every 200 people.
Dr. Jenifer Miller of Any Lab Test Now says Chlamydia has become so prevalent in and around the Holy City, health professionals have now dubbed it the “Charleston Strain.”