According to the North Dakota Department of Health, cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea have risen over the last 5 years. This is a significant jump in the number of STD cases in the city.
- Syphilis cases have jumped from 15 to 24 since counted in 2012.
- Gonorrhea cases have jumped from the 300s to almost 500 cases since last counted in 2012.
- Chlamydia has jumped by 15% in the city.
These might not seem like large numbers but consider the fact that the city has a population of about 67,000 people. In 2012, one in 4000 people had syphilis. Now one in 2000 people have the STD. That’s a double chance that you can become infected, too.
Gonorrhea and chlamydia are both “hidden STDs” that usually cause no symptoms or some pain with bleeding. They are easily treated with antibiotics but you can keep getting them repeatedly. Without treatment, gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause infertility and health problems for children who get the disease during birth.
Syphilis has three levels and each one has its own symptoms and problems. Lesions and rashes are the most obvious signs of this STD. In the late stages, often 15 to 30 years after first getting the disease, syphilis will affect the rest of the body and create severe health issues including dementia, blindness, and paralysis. It can also be spread to unborn children.
It is important to get tested for these STDs because they are becoming more rampant in Bismarck, ND. Choose a safe, quick, and private STD testing clinic within the city so you can feel at ease.
One of the best ways to prevent STDs from running rampant in the streets is to teach teenagers about the dangers before they start having sexual intercourse. According to the Mayo Clinic, half of new STD infections are from teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15-24.
The city and state do have laws regarding sexual health education in schools. Health classes are required starting in grade seven. There are few laws regarding what can be taught in the classes. The main law, which caused a huge debate and uproar back in 2013, requires schools to teach abstinence-only in health classes. That means they teach only to not have sex and to avoid being seduced into having sex. The classes are not required to teach about STDs, symptoms that might occur, or how to get STD testing.
The same goes for herpes and HIV. Unless a school chooses to teach about these diseases, students are only taught to not have sex to prevent these diseases and not taught how to get tested for them. HIV testing and herpes testing are just as important as STD tests. Teenagers do not need parent’s permission to get tested at an STD clinic. This is why it is important for there to be excellent private STD testing centers in Bismarck for teenagers and adults to feel safe going to for proper testing.
Because of the abstinence-only laws in North Dakota schools, not many people know about STDs and STD testing that is available in the city. They are taught to just not have sex and many will ignore the plea from class and have unprotected sexual intercourse. Since many STDs are “invisible” and don’t have obvious symptoms, people with the disease could go their whole lives without knowing the damage being done to their bodies and how much they are passing the STD on to other people.
According to local community groups during a screening about health issues, only 13% of the city’s population has had testing for STDs. When the other 86% who didn’t get tested were asked why, close to 73% felt it wasn’t necessary while the remaining 13% said the doctor just never told them to get tested.
The same screening asked if people took preventative tests. That is, taking a test for STDs even if you felt it wasn’t necessary but just to be safe. The results were that 89% of the city didn’t get preventative tests because they felt it unnecessary.
- If you are having unprotected sex without a condom then it is necessary to get tested.
- Even if you are on birth control, you can get sexually transmitted diseases.
- You use the morning after pill you can still get a sexually transmitted disease.
It is not up to your doctor to tell you to get tested unless they see symptoms or you tell them of symptoms. Remember, though, that many STDs are “invisible” and do not have symptoms. Getting tested is the only sure way to know if you have a disease.
Private STD clinics are available in the city so there is no excuse to not get tested. It takes only a few moments and could greatly change your life and health if you find out you do have an STD.
Going to a confidential STD testing clinic in Bismarck could make a significant difference within the city in years to come. If enough people get tested and treated for their STDs then the number of cases will drop. If more teenagers go to a clinic for testing they will also learn more about STDs, HIV, and herpes which will also lower numbers in the coming years as they take more precautions during sex.
Make a quick call to get tested at a private STD testing clinic and help your health and your city.