Residents of the small city of Chandler have the advantage of being part of the greater Phoenix metro area, but this has also resulted in a high STD percentage rate.
Statistics also show that young women are more likely to test positive for Gonorrhea, and these numbers have almost doubled from 2005 to 2014. Incidents of primary and secondary Syphilis have also risen to a total of 396 cases in 2014. Other statistics that indicate STDs are on the rise include;
- Early latent Syphilis diagnoses increased from 107 in 2005 to 204 in 2014.
- Between 2005 and 2014 Chlamydia incidents rose from 12155 to 19889.
- While Gonorrhea did decrease slightly between 2005 to 2010, recent statistics show that the disease has been steadily increasing over the past five years to 5529 reported infections in 2014.
There is currently not any standardized programs in place in Maricopa County, which includes the public school system in Chandler. This lack of any comprehensive program has lead many educators to point out the ridiculously high rate of teen pregnancies, along with the growing number of students who test positive for one or more sexually transmitted diseases.
In response some school officials point out that there are abstinence only programs already in place in the area’s high schools, and some districts are allowing limited sexual education classes. While this does not cover the importance of following safe sexual practices and regular STD testing, officials point out that the resources are there if students are willing to look for them.
Unfortunately this is part of the problem, and until the city implements a standardized sexual education program that deals with STDs and the importance of regular testing, residents of Chandler can expect to see teen pregnancies and students testing positive for infectious diseases continue to rise.
Maricopa County is also home to the Arizona State Correctional Facility, and inmates are contributing to the problem. STD rates are on the rise in the prison system, and many of those infected are spreading it to others on their release from jail. Decreases in spending budgets have lead to several cuts in the prison system, which includes sexual education classes and regular STD screenings.
When a lack of education is combined with the inability to easily access affordable STD testing it is common to see STD rates rise, and residents of Chandler are currently experiencing this.
In between visits to the Chandler Fashion Center and the fascinating Railway Museum get STD testing. While this is an important step to ensure your continued good sexual health, many residents put this off due to long lines at the clinics. Don’t sacrifice your privacy at a public AIDS or HIV clinic, get your testing done anonymously. STI clinics are usually open seven days a week, and they’re affordable with/out insurance.