With all of the fun and entertainment, STD testing is not usually the first thing on a person’s mind, but it is nonetheless, something that should strongly be considered. While some people may not be aware of their risks, others may put off getting testing because it is embarrassing or inconvenient. In actuality, ordering testing is easy and it only takes a short trip to a local lab to finish it. STD testing centers are here to offer private and confidential testing services and if you can’t afford to pay for the testing, you may qualify for free or reduced rates at one of the free clinics that are available.
Every time a person gets STD testing they are helping to solve the problem of the STD epidemic. Important information is gathered from each client that helps to identify who is at risk. There is no need to worry about your privacy because the only data that is taken is age, financial status, gender, type of STD and area of residence. No names are used because your confidentiality is strictly protected by law. The data is sent to the Center for Disease Control so they can combine it with all of the other testing data for people nationwide to determine trends and patterns in the spread of these diseases. The information below shows the current figures for STD infections per 100,000 people in this area.
- Chlamydia- 490.6
- Gonorrhea- 106.5
- Syphilis (Primary and Secondary)- 30.7
The rates for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis are remarkably higher than those of the averages for the State of California. This creates a serious concern for the sexual health of the residents of the area. Being a resort town may have some bearing on these high numbers. People who are visiting the area from around the world are constantly coming and going to enjoy the festivities that are offered for fun and recreation. Although this city is a fun and entertaining place to live, the unfortunate side effects are the not so pleasant things that are brought in by others.
Chlamydia is the most prolific STD and is seen twice as often in women than it is in men. Gonorrhea is more common in men than in women and it is seen most often in people of Black ethnicity followed by Native Americans/Alaskan Indians, then Hispanics in that order. People age 20 to 24 have higher rates than the other age groups, but there is a disturbing rise in the number of people age 15 to 19 who are being diagnosed. The same is true for Chlamydia which affects women twice as often as it does men. These numbers are based upon figures from those who have actually received testing for these specific STD types. If more people would get tested, it is believed that the rates would skyrocket.
People who enjoy a rich life of luxury and recreation may be too busy to consider that their sexual health may be at serious peril. Resort towns have a constant influx of visitors and any sexual interaction between near strangers and locals can significantly increase the risk of STD infection. When little is known about a person’s sexual behaviors, the odds of getting an infection go up significantly.
There are certain precautions that must be observed in order to protect your sexual health. This is particularly true when meeting someone for the first time. If you cannot guarantee their monogamy or the status of their sexual health, you are putting yourself at risk by engaging in sex with them.
Since this city has consistently shown high and yet rising numbers of cases of Chlamydia, Syphilis and Gonorrhea, the risks may be higher for residents than they would otherwise be in other areas of the state. Each person needs to be aware of the numbers for their area and should consult with health department figures. It is made available to the public to help people to have the resources that they need to be informed about the health of their city.
Anyone who is at risk for exposure to an STD should get STD testing. Even if you are not showing any unusual symptoms, you could still be infected. If you have had sex with multiple partners or with a person whose sexual history you are unfamiliar with, you are definitely at risk. Your gender, age, ethnicity or financial status are not the factors which determine your personal risk, but rather your sexual behaviors. These include who you are having sex with, how many partners you have, or whether or not you use protection. Order your testing today because it is extremely easy and the follow up won’t take much of your time. Stop by a local lab for convenience and they’ll assist you with testing completion so you can be in, out and on your way to enjoy the rest of your day.