The CDC recently released statistics that indicate Anaheim and surrounding Orange County currently do have a lower rate of STD infections than the state of California, but these same numbers also indicate that this might be getting ready to change. Over the past twenty years STD rates for the area have risen and fallen back down again, and the recent data indicates that the numbers of residents who test positive for a STD/STI are increasing again.
Syphilis rates in men have risen sharply in the last two to three years, along with Gonorrhea incidents. The statistics also show that the city can expect these numbers to continue to rise.
Some of the data that has health officials concerned include,
- Women ages 20 to 24 are twice as likely to contract Chlamydia as men in the same age bracket, according to 2014 health statistics.
- Between 2011 and 2014 Syphilis incidents in men ages 20 to 29 have more than doubled.
- African American and Hispanic females are almost three times as likely to contract Chlamydia as Caucasian women.
As of January 1st 2016 it is now mandatory for all public schools in the state to offer comprehensive sexual education classes for students in grades 7 through 12. While parents can still opt to have their children taken out of these classes, health officials see this new law as the first and most important step in the state’s effort to finally start to lower than high STD rates.
For more than twenty years the state of California and the city of Anaheim have been dealing with a high rate of STD infections. Teens and young adults have consistently been among those with the greatest risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and state officials and residents have finally come together in an effort to lower the STD rates.
These comprehensive classes not only cover the general information that was typically found in the abstinence only program, the new curriculum also teaches students how to protect themselves. Not only is the new sexual education classes designed to lower the STD rates among teens and young adults, but also in older residents.
Regular Herpes testing in Anaheim is one of the steps students and residents can take to protect themselves from this virus that can be spread simply through touch contact. Regular HIV testing in Anaheim is also important, regardless of your sexual activity. With this and more information on ways to prevent the spread of STDs covered in the sexual education classes, local officials are hopeful that the disease rates will finally start to decrease.
Orange County and the suburb of Anaheim have a diverse demographical makeup which adds to the appeal of the area, but it is also affecting the STD rates. African Americans and Hispanics are among those with the greatest risk, and residents ages 15 to 24 also test positive more often.
While age and ethnicity are contributing factors, the city also has the rare distinction of being home to one of the most frequently visited theme parks in the world which brings in a high number of visitors to the area. The large number of tourists is beneficial for the economy, but this also means that residents are at a higher risk of contracting a STD. Many of the visitors to the area are already infected, which increases residents’ risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
The large number of seasonal employees is also contributing to the problem, and will continue to do so until everyone takes a few minutes to take care of their sexual health. Recent budget cuts to local health programs is also making it more difficult for some residents to get tested, especially with many of the community centers closing due to lack of funding.
Language barriers and a fear of officials in some lower income neighborhoods has made it difficult for city leaders to adequately stress the importance of regular testing, and until they do the STD rates for the city are expected to continue to rise.
You expect lines for rides at Disneyland, but not when you are trying to get a STD test. It doesn’t have to be this way. A private STI lab will have you in and out the door in no time. They already know you’re coming and will have everything ready and waiting for you. Once your done, get back to finishing up the day.