What are the STI test options in Catalina Foothills,AZ?

Catalina Foothills, Arizona is in Pima County and north of Tucson. It is situated in the southern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The Catalina Foothills are one of the most affluent communities in Arizona and the United States. It has the sixth highest per capita income in Arizona. It has the fourteenth highest in the U.S. with communities of at least 50,000 people.

Some of Arizona’s most expensive homes and land are in this area. It has the highest median property value in Arizona. It includes some of the nation’s most prestigious golf courses, resorts, and spas.

STDs know no boundaries when it comes to income and are on the rise in Catalina Foothills, AZ.

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STD Statistics In Pima County, AZ



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STD Breakdown

Statistics reported is based on publicly available data sources such as CDC for Pima County, AZ. Data is normalized to accurately report Pima County STD Breakdown.

Additional STD Test Statistics in Catalina Foothills, AZ

The chlamydia incidence rate in Arizona is 476 per 100,000 people. The trend is that the rate is showing more cases over time according to the Arizona Department of Health Services,

Office of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Services, with more women than men getting chlamydia.

In the state of Arizona, cases of gonorrhea among males have increased 14% from 2012. These cases are especially concentrated among African Americans.

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.

From 2009-2012, they accounted for 58% of all emergent cases and 67% of emergent cases among men. Concerning HIV 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.

The state health department published a resistance plan to keep gonorrhea from becoming resistant to certain antibiotics. If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to serious complications like infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. It can lead to blindness for infants born to mothers with gonorrhea.

In rare circumstances, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the disease can spread to a person’s blood and joints. This can cause a more life-threatening condition. The disease is much more prevalent among men than women in Arizona. Over the last five years, the gonorrhea case rate among men has increased 94 percent, while the case rate for women increased 53 percent.

Graph of std rates in catalina foothills arizona from 2013

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Catalina Foothills, AZ

The state of Arizona does not require students to take sex ed. Parents have to give consent, to opt-in, for their children to take these classes, if a school even offers them. Only two other states in the U.S. have opt-in policies. They are Utah and Nevada. But unlike Arizona, both of them mandate sex education.

Recent reports by the Arizona Daily Star said fewer than a quarter of students take sex education classes at the five Tucson-area districts that track enrollment. Tucson Unified School District, Catalina Foothills School District, and Sunnyside Unified School District do not count the number of students taking the classes.

In this community you see incredible diversity. In one school you hear kids learning all kinds of things that we would call comprehensive sexual education. This would include things like abstinence and relationships and contraception and the reproductive life cycle.

In another school, even in the same district, where young people are hearing abstinence only kind of education. That doesn’t include other types of information needed to make healthy choices according to some experts.

While instruction varies widely and is largely determined by the teacher, the Arizona Board of Education formally endorses a sex education curriculum called Family Life Education. This group stresses abstinence. It mentions contraception, but it doesn’t include information on different types of contraceptives, how they’re used correctly or where to get them.

Mary Anne Mosack, director of state initiatives at the National Abstinence Education Association, said her organization advocates for programs like Family Life Education in schools. She rarely uses the word abstinence, opting instead for the term “sexual risk avoidance” to highlight the link between sex and the risk of pregnancy and STDs.

Vicki Hadd-Wissler, director of education for Planned Parenthood of Arizona, said abstinence should be taught in sex ed programs, but that it shouldn’t be presented as the only option. “I think it’s important, and good comprehensive sexual education will do this, to keep abstinence in the forefront, that teens have better outcomes if they make the decision to be abstinent,” Hadd-Wissler said. “But that’s not the same as not letting them know about other options when they chose not to be abstinent.”

Arizona public schools do not require the teaching of sexual education. This can create inconsistency in how the issue is handled across the state.

Arizona does not have a law requiring schools teach about STDs and HIV but the law does require if a school chooses to teach the topic, instruction must be age appropriate. It must also stress abstinence.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Catalina Foothills, 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.

Statistics show that there were 462.3 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 among African Americans, compared to roughly 56 cases among non-Hispanic whites. The cases of syphilis 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.

STI Testing Resources in Catalina Foothills, AZ

It can be uncomfortable to talk about STI testing or find STI testing services in your area. But you should look at STI testing to maintain your health.

There are resources in your area that can help. There are options available for those of all ages, genders, and incomes. Planned Parenthood/Tucson could be a place that could help you if the trip is not a problem.

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. 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
  • Engaging in high-risk sexual activity (consider testing every 3-6 months)
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Having sex with multiple and/or anonymous partners
  • Using hook-up sites and apps

You can also go to an area hospital, urgent care center, or private testing service for information on STDs, testing, and treatment. Several options are available to you.

Plush Care is a private service that can help. You start with an order for your test.

You choose the test you want and if you are not sure which test to get you can contact the service to discuss your situation. Then you visit a local test center to get the test.

No appointment is needed. This takes less than 30 minutes.

Then you get an email with the results. If you need treatment you get connected to the service and discuss a treatment plan.

The Pima County Health Department Theresa Lee STD/HIV Clinic is another option to consider.

Rapid HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

The El Rio Community Health Center El Pueblo Clinic is another option. It offers?

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center Petersen Clinics is about 2 miles from you and another option. It offers Ryan White services for those who are HIV positive. It also offers:

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

Herpes Testing

MHC Healthcare West Side Health Center is less than three miles from you. It offers:

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

MHC Healthcare Clinica Del Alma is also less than three miles from you. It offers:

Conventional HIV Blood Testing

Chlamydia Testing

Syphilis Testing

Gonorrhea Testing

Better Sexual Health in Catalina Foothills, AZ

Your area offers a variety of sexual health and STD testing resources including Planned Parenthood. The staff there is trained to help you in your situation.

You can get information about STDs, testing, and treatment if you go to a medical facility such as Northwest Health Care. You could also get this information if you go to a counsellor or nurse at a school such as the Catalina Foothills High School. Here are links to references mentioned.

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