Rates for primary and secondary Syphilis in the area are remarkably high. This disease has been noted most often in men and in higher frequencies for men who engage in male to male sex. Gonorrhea rates are also extreme when compared with other cities in the nation. Gonorrhea incidences are highest in males in the 20 to 24 age category. Chlamydia is also on the rise and women have more than twice the number of infections than men do. Women age 20 to 24 make up the largest population who test positive for Chlamydia, followed by girls age 15 to 19. This shows a trend in rising numbers of teenagers testing positive for STDs. Even though every effort is made to education students, and many do know where they should go for STD testing, some will not use the knowledge to their advantage.
- Chlamydia- 430.6
- Gonorrhea- 107.1
- Syphilis (primary and secondary)- 16.6
People who live in poverty are at considerably higher risk because they often lack the resources to get quality health care. Testing and treatment may seem to be out of their reach. Many of them are not aware that there are free STD testing centers in the area which provide services that are based upon annual income. They may also be unaware of their risk because they were not exposed to sexual health education.
This has happened to many people. This is because not all STDs start out showing symptoms. Although this is not generally the case, it can and does happen. It’s also possible to have symptoms that are mild and difficult to notice. If you’re not familiar with what to look for, identifying a potential STD infection can be difficult without the proper testing. The less you know about STDs, the higher your risks for having one and not realizing it. You may be in a monogamous relationship with a person who has an affair without your knowledge. There are many different scenarios that could result in a person having an STD and not being aware of it.
There is only one way to know for certain if you have an STD or not, and that is to get tested. If you haven’t gone through this process before, here is some useful information that will help you out. Ordering the testing for STDs is a very easy process. It doesn’t take long and it is not complicated. Plan on just spending between 15 to 20 minutes for this part. It’s really a fast and easy process from beginning to end. Once you’ve done it, you’ll realize that there’s not much to it really. Your privacy is protected so there is no need to feel embarrassed. You’ll be treated with respect from the testing staff and the greatest benefit of all is that you’ll get the results from your testing in short order. There is no substitute for the peace of mind that knowing can bring. If you do test positive, you’ll be able to get the treatment that you need more quickly.