Even as some local officials blame the incorporated city’s high STD rate on its close proximity to Los Angeles, other area leaders are embracing the government’s efforts to help them get a handle on this health crisis.
Over the last twenty years STD rates have risen quickly in the suburban city and surrounding county and this does not only refer to HIV/AIDS diagnoses, but other sexually transmittable diseases as well. Thanks to years of public health service messages the number of residents that test positive each year for HIV/AIDS is decreasing, but this is not true for the rest of the commonly transmitted sexual diseases.
Statistics released over the last several years indicate the Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates are on the rise, and primary and secondary Syphilis diagnoses are also increasing in frequency. While Chlamydia still presents a larger problem for women, Gonorrhea and infectious Syphilis affect more men.
African Americans are also among those with the greatest risk of infection, while Hispanics have a slightly higher chance than Caucasians. Young adults ages 20 to 24 are the most likely to test positive for most commonly transmitted sexual diseases, though Herpes is more prevalent in teens. Older men are being diagnosed with Syphilis more often, and this is surprising to some officials. Not only was the infectious virus thought to be under control, older males statistically used to be among those with the lowest risk of infection. As those infected with STDs continues to change it only stresses how important it is to get tested on a regular basis.
- From 2005 to 2014 Chlamydia rates in women were above state averages, but the numbers also remained basically unchanged.
- Gonorrhea rates in males almost doubled in frequency from 2011 to 2014.
- Since 2005 Syphilis incidents in men have been steadily increasing over state averages.
The number of sexually transmitted diseases reported each year is not only high in Burbank, it is a problem that is affecting the rest of the state. In response the government passed a bill that requires all public school systems to offer sexual education classes to students starting in the 7th grade. The programs went into effect in January of 2016, and in just a few months there has already been a decrease in the number of teen pregnancies. Some STD rates are also starting to fall, especially in the northern part of the state.
This is hopeful news for residents of this suburban city who are still dealing with a relatively high rate of sexually transmitted diseases. Since the proper use of contraceptives is included, along with the various methods STDs can and are spread officials are hopeful that the infection rates will soon start to decline for all sexually transmitted viruses.
Information about the importance of regular HIV testing in Burbank is also included, and this is being credited with helping to lower the rates being reported in the city and county. Regular Herpes testing in Burbank is also thought to be responsible for the decreasing frequency of the virus, especially among teens still attending high school.
This suburban city has experienced rapid growth over the last several years that have given it a diverse population. In general it is a large middle class neighborhood with a few upscale communities, but this has prevented STDs from spreading throughout the city.
African American and Hispanic residents do test positive for a sexually transmitted disease more often than other demographic groups, but much of this is due to a lack of available information that will hopefully change now that there are sexual education programs in place in all of the public schools.
The simple lack of information was one of the main contributing factors for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and now that it is no longer considered a “taboo” subject officials are hopeful that this will soon change. Teens and young adults now understand how important it is to always use protection, along with the necessity for regular STD testing.
Even though the city is considered a suburb of Los Angeles, it does not receive funding for health care. When this was combined with the state’s sweeping budget cuts many area clinics were forced to close, leaving residents with no convenient place to go for testing. City officials are quickly realizing that it is hard to convince people to get tested when there is not a convenient place for them to go that does not include a long wait in an overcrowded waiting room.
It is understandable to find that the majority of residents don’t get tested for STDs regularly simply because they don’t want to have to drive to a clinic just to spend the day standing in line. Now there is a faster and easier way for you to take care of your sexual health, without wasting your entire day. With one quick call you can schedule confidential STD testing and only spend a few minutes at a quiet lab, instead of the day at a noisy clinic.