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HIV and sexually transmitted diseases are becoming more of a problem in Southwest Missouri. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department released its annual report, showing that there has been an increase in HIV and STDs since 2005. KSMU's Jana Greer reports.
Kevin Gipson is the Director of Health for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. He says HIV and STDs are becoming more of a challenge in Southwest Missouri.
Gipson says that he believes the increase is caused by young people who are unaware of the risks.
He says that the solution is to provide good health care to treat the diseases and to provide education to warn people of the risks.
The health department offers free and anonymous HIV and STD testing. The department also provides treatments, counseling and education on prevention.