Additional STD Test Statistics in Casas Adobes, AZ
Your area has one of the highest rates of STDs in the state. The statistics for Tucson in 2013 included 6040 total cases of STDs and these numbers.
- 5,192 cases of chlamydia
- 795 cases of gonorrhea
- 53 cases of syphilis
Pima County accounts for 15% of the state population and 13% of HIV cases. Pima County issued a public health alert regarding syphilis on the rise in the county.
In 2014 Pima County saw a spike in syphilis cases compared to 55 cases reported in 2013. Most (72%) cases occurred in men less than 40 years of age who report sex with other men. In this population 1 of 3 report being infected with HIV.
Syphilis numbers for 2016 for Pima County include 108 cases with 93 for males and 15 for females.
- 93 males with syphilis
- 76% of men identify as MSM (men who have sex with men)
- 30% are co-infected with HIV
- 47% use internet dating sites
- 15 females with syphilis
- 86% have known risk factors that involve drug/alcohol use
- 33% used internet dating sites or social media to meet partners
- 14% had sexual contact with men who have sex with men
Gonorrhea is also an STD that worries health officials in the state. These concerns reflect recent developments in statewide cases. In 2015, there were a reported 122.9 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 persons. It is also important to note that this is a 7% increase from 2014.
STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Casas Adobes, AZ
Arizona public schools do not require the teaching of sexual education. This can create inconsistency in how the issue is handled across the state. In your area the Tucson Unified School District recently addressed how to change and improve their sex education curriculum. School board president Adelita Grijalva noted that a youth advocacy group approached the board asking for more from the sex education program.
A school district spokeswoman said now the district will work with the community to come up with a curriculum program. A policy revision could offer students a more comprehensive sex education. The new policy calls for a curriculum that provides medically accurate, age-appropriate information on anatomy, reproduction, and related biology. While abstinence will continue to be encouraged, as required by state law, it will not be the sole emphasis.
Though the curriculum itself has yet to be developed, some students note that a move to comprehensive sex education would benefit them. Students come from varied backgrounds. Comprehensive sex education should respect these varied backgrounds. This includes gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, languages, religious beliefs, varying abilities, countries of origin, and family structures.
Arizona law prohibits teachings that promote homosexuality so the Governing Board for Tucson schools was forced to strike from its new policy that the curriculum would be inclusive of LGBTQ students. Some feel this is a shame and sad.
Alex Ross, a University of Arizona junior who has been working with past and present Tucson school board members and students to compel the Governing Board to address this issue. He feels the attitude toward LGBTQ students is frightening. He identifies himself as a homosexual man and felt outcast by this attitude. The new sex education curriculum will address contraceptives as a way of reducing the risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
It will also seek to help students make informed decisions and create healthy relationships, covering topics like bullying, dating violence, and consent. Once the curriculum is designed and implemented, parents must give permission for their children to participate.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Casas Adobes, AZ
Demographics are an indicator of STD rates. We see several trends appearing in your area. We should also note that STDs affect everyone regardless of race or gender. A look at trends and demographics can help us better understand those who have STDs.
Females are most likely to be affected by chlamydia. Teens and young adults are also the most vulnerable to this STD. Males in Arizona are most affected by gonorrhea. This is true nationwide as well. In the state, cases of gonorrhea among males have increased 14% from 2012. These cases are especially concentrated among African Americans. Statistics show that there were 462.3 cases per 100,000 among African Americans, compared to roughly 56 cases among non-Hispanic whites.
Syphilis rates in Arizona are increasing, and this increase is predominantly seen among males. From 2013 to 2015, there was a 106% increase in the STD rate among males. These cases are primarily among men who have sex with men. Men who have sex with men continue to make up the majority of Arizona HIV/AIDS cases. From 2009-2012, they accounted for 58% of all emergent cases and 67% of emergent cases among men. Men who had sex with men who also report injection drug use accounted for an additional 6% of all emergent cases and 6% of emergent cases among men.
Among women, heterosexual contact made up 79% of emergent cases. 48% of female emergent cases were classified high-risk heterosexual transmission. This means heterosexual contact with a partner known to be HIV-infected or have a known HIV risk factor. 31% of female emergent cases were classified as presumed heterosexual transmission. This means no reported HIV risk factors except for heterosexual contact with a partner not classified as high-risk. Injection drug use accounted for 17% of emergent cases among women.
STI Testing Resources in Casas Adobes, AZ
It can be uncomfortable to talk about STI testing or find STI testing services in your area. But you should get STI testing to maintain your health. There are resources in your area that can help. There are options available for those of all ages, gender, and incomes.
The local Planned Parenthood location is the Margaret Sanger Health Center in Tucson. This could be a place that can help you. Here, you will find comprehensive sexual health services including STD testing. The clinic offers birth control education and supplies, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, STD testing and UTI treatment. STD testing and treatment includes bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis and trichomoniasis. Condoms and vaccinations are also available here.
Urgent care facilities in the area can also help you with STI testing. Southern Arizona Urgent Care is one such facility. These urgent care facilities are walk in clinics. They could make it easy for you especially if you are embarrassed about going to Planned Parenthood. Medical facilities such as the Northwest Medical Hospital can also help with STI testing.
Pima County Health Department Theresa Lee STD/HIV Clinic is another option that can help you. This clinic offers:
Rapid HIV Blood Testing
COPE Community Services Incorporated is located in Tucson and is a community based organization. It offers Rapid HIV Blood Testing. The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is an AIDS Service Organization. HIV testing is open to the general public. Syphilis testing is offered on site by the local health department.
El Rio Community Health Center El Pueblo Clinic offers:
Conventional HIV Blood Testing
In the health alert issued by Pima County concerning syphilis we see you should get tested if you have symptoms. Symptoms may include:
- A painless sore that appears inside or near the mouth, genital area, or anus
- A rash that appears on the palm of hands, bottom of feet, or on the body between the armpits and upper thighs
If you are sexually active, think about getting tested today for syphilis if any of the following apply:
- Experiencing symptoms
- Being tested for other STDs
- Are pregnant
- HIV+ individuals who are sexually active
- Anyone engaging in high-risk sexual activity (consider testing every 3-6 months)
- Unprotected sex
- Sex with multiple and/or anonymous partners
- Use of hook-up sites and apps
Better Sexual Health in Casas Adobes, AZ
A recent report by the Arizona Department of Health Services shows that overall STD rates in Arizona are on the rise. STDS in Arizona affect people of all races and gender. Your area offers a variety of sexual health and STD testing resources including Planned Parenthood at the Margaret Sanger Health Center in Tucson. The staff there is trained to help you in your situation.
You can find STD information at Planned Parenthood of Tucson, a local school through a nurse or counsellor, an area hospital, or an urgent care center. Northwest Hospital is a facility that can help. Here are links to some of the resources mentioned above.