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Concerns Over Rise in STD's with Allegations of Prostitution
Statistics show the number of reported cases of Idaho residents having a sexually transmitted disease jumped from 3,621 cases in 2006 to more than 4–thousand cases by the end of 2007.
Tom Machala, Dir. Communicable Disease $ Prevention says "In Southeast Public Health over in Pocatello area, they've had 13 new cases of HIV in the past three months in their area and it's largely in the young population, the under 25 population."
Twin Falls County Sheriff's office says that various Internet sites — has become a venue for alleged solicitation of sexual activities and prostitution.
Machala says in Southern Idaho the rise of 'Internet hook–ups' has factored into the increased number of STD's.
"It's a young population they've been hooking up through Internet contacts and they seem to know and understand the information, but are not taking the preventative measures to stop them from getting HIV."
Although the total number of residents statewide infected with HIV is lower than large cities —– he says there is still a concern.
"It's a concern when we see these pockets of people coming around and assessing the behaviors that they have, it can easily be spread throughout the population."
And Staff Sgt. Matthew Eden, with the Twin Falls Sheriff Department says that prostitution is serious enough where it is not just about the person breaking the law – but what can happen to a community.
"The Sheriff's Office wants to put an end to this quickly before it spreads into the medical."