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.
STD rates have risen quickly in the suburban city and surrounding county. Thanks to years of public health service messages 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 indicate 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.
- 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.
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.
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. Did you realize that this isn’t necessary? Private clinics are discreet and efficient. All you need to do is let them know you’re on the way.