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STD rates in San Diego outpace nation

SAN DIEGO -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a word of warning for San Diegans: Be safe when you’re having sex.

A new report on sexually transmitted diseases from the CDC shows San Diego rates are higher than the rest of the country.

According to numbers from 2012, released by the center on Monday, rates for three of the most prevalent STDs all rose in the area. Chlamydia rates are up 6%, gonorrhea rates increased 19% and syphilis is up 12% in San Diego.

The local syphilis rate of 10.4 cases per 100,000 people is more than double the national average.

Read the full story on NBC San Diego HERE.