STD rates become focus of local health initiative

Thursday, April 10, 2008 | 10:46 p.m. CDT; updated 7:32 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

COLUMBIA — Chlamydia and gonorrhea infection rates in Boone County exceed the state average and even surpass those in St. Louis County, and local health officials are in the early part of a three-year effort to make sexually transmitted diseases a priority.