By Jason Weinstein.

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Broome County, specifically syphilis, HIV, and gonorrhea.

The Broome County Health Department says those at the greatest risk are 15-24-year-olds who account for almost half of new STD infections. In 2015, Broome County reported 185 cases of gonorrhea, increased from 100 cases in 2014 and 142 total cases in 2012. Syphilis cases have increased annually to 13 cases in 2015. In 2012 there were no cases in Broome County.

If you haven't been tested in a while please consider coming down, getting tested and protect yourself. The only way to completely avoid STD's is to abstain completely from any sexual activity but you can significantly lower your risk by using condoms and other protection," said Broome County Health Department Nurse Practitioner, Jacqueline Kelchlin.

Infection can occur when people are engaging in high risk sexual behaviors and not being tested and treated prior to infecting others. Public health officials are worried the rise in infection can also be linked to an increase in social media use/dating apps to meet new partners.