The number of people with sexually transmitted diseases in Maryland is growing rapidly and many might not even know they are infected, fueling the spread.
The rise in STDs is happening across the state and not just in trouble spots such as Baltimore, which has a history of high rates.
The spread of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are of particular concern to public health officials and doctors, who say they are treating many more cases.
The STDs can be asymptomatic, which means they produce no symptoms in early stages, making it challenging to capture everyone who is infected and increasing the chances of passing it on to others.
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