Residents of this planned community might be pleasantly surprised by the latest statistics released by the Sacramento County Health Department and CDC. As of 2015 the number of sexually transmitted infections has begun to decrease, but it is important to note that the rates are still among the highest in the state.
The recent statistics only indicate that the problem with STDs in the city and rest of the metro area are beginning to improve, but they also show that the area still has a long way to go.
The city and surrounding county still have the highest Chlamydia rate in the state, but the number of reported infections is decreasing slightly. Gonorrhea rates in women are also declining, but the same is not true for men. As of 2015 the Gonorrhea rates in men was rising, and this is also the same for primary and secondary Syphilis infections.
While there are improvements in the city’s STD rates this does not mean that it is not still important for residents to be tested for all sexually transmitted infections on a regular basis. With more men testing positive for STIs each year, it is the only way you can help prevent the transmission of these diseases.
Some of the other statistics that highlight the continual need for regular visits to a nearby STI testing center include,
- From 2005 to 2014 the number of infectious Syphilis diagnoses in men nearly doubled.
- According to county statistics African American men have the highest risk of contracting Gonorrhea and Syphilis.
- Chlamydia affects African American women in their twenties twice as often as those in other demographics.
In 2016 the state made it mandatory for all public school districts to included comprehensive sex education classes in their curriculum. In the cities that already required its school to offer these classes the number of STDs and teen pregnancies reported each year is noticeably lower, and now that it is mandatory government officials are hopeful that the infectious disease rates will drop across the state.
The state capital and its surrounding metro area already have these programs in place, and this is why some city leaders believe that the STI rates in Arden-Arcade are already beginning to decease.
Students are not only learning about the dangers and responsibilities that come with being sexually active, they are also taught that STDs can be spread through a variety of different methods. The importance of always using protection during intercourse is also covered, along with the fact that this might not be enough to protect you from the spread of all sexually transmittable diseases.
One of the most important topics covered in these classes deals with regular HIV testing in Arden-Arcade, and how it is the only way to detect the potentially deadly disease. Regular Herpes testing in Arden-Arcade is also discussed, and educators are hopeful that this will help lower the infection rates in area high schools.
One of the main contributing factors to an area’s high STD rates is usually the lack of medically accurate and comprehensive sex education programs, but this is not the case in this metro city. As part of the Sacramento metro area, teens have been receiving the information they need to protect themselves from STDs for the last couple of years.
The city’s main problem stems from budget cuts and a lack of federal funding. Many of the community STI centers have been forced to close their doors, while others can only afford limited hours of operation. The budget cuts have also resulted in fewer qualified staff members at the clinics, and when all of this is combined it can make it difficult for residents to find a place to get the health care that they need.
Low income families are also finding it difficult to afford regular STI testing, especially since it is no longer covered under Medicaid.
Even with the comprehensive sex education programs many residents still do not believe that they need to be tested. Most simply do not think that their behavior is putting their health at risk. It often comes down to residents trying to diagnose themselves, and if they do not think that they have been exposed to a STD they do not see why they would need to be tested.
Until residents of all ages understand that STD testing should be a regular part of the health care routine, there will continue to be new incidents reported each year.
Before you head to the State Capital Museum or spend the day at the local zoo it is important to take a few minutes to consider your sexual health. If residents want to keep the annual STD rates decreasing, everyone needs to take the time to be tested for all of the infectious diseases. It is understandable if you don’t want to spend the entire day waiting at a crowded STI clinic, and now you don’t have to. With one simple phone call you can schedule confidential STD testing and only spend a few minutes at a neighborhood lab. This way you still have plenty of time left to enjoy a day at the historic state park.