Detroit, MI has had its share of tough times, but the city is doing well with its wide variety of museums, parks and other public attractions. This friendly city has a lot to offer both visitors and residents alike. While the local officials have great pride in the resiliency of the city, they are also aware of a growing issue with reported cases of sexually transmitted disease infections. Herpes, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, HIV and Hepatitis B and C are on the rise in the area. STD clinics are available to offer private STD testing with free STD testing centers for thosee who meet the income guidelines for free or reduced rates. Ordering testing is easy and with a quick 15 to 20 minute visit to a local lab, you can have your testing results on their way.
STD testing centers, free clinics, private physicians and hospitals all participate in reporting of STD cases. The information that is sent is useful in compiling reports that show which groups of people are reporting the highest number of cases for each type of sexually transmitted disease. The data is analyzed, and the generated reports are helpful in choosing the segments of the population which are at the highest risk, and targeting them for informational campaigns to help increase public awareness.The numbers shown below are figures which are based upon reported cases of each respective STD per 100,000.
- Chlamydia- 811.1
- Gonorrhea – 231.4
- Syphilis -32.4
The actual number of infected persons is believed to be much higher because of the lack of screening.
The creation of STD testing clinics which specialize in these types of screenings are a direct response to the overwhelming public need for these specialized services. They are necessary in the community for the maintenance of the best possible sexual health. Students in the public school system learn about STD clinics and where to get a Herpes test or HIV testing as a part of the school curriculum. Sexual health education has been mandated by state and local authorities in an attempt to decrease the spread of sexually transmitted disease and help young people to understand the consequences of unsafe sex. Youth are targeted for this education at the average age when sexual experimentation begins for some.
The data fully supports the fact that there are some groups of persons who are at a significantly higher risk for contracting certain types of sexually transmitted diseases than others. Although anyone who has unsafe sex is potentially at risk, there are higher incidences among some groups with regard to age, ethnicity and gender. Socioeconomic status is also a risk factor since some people might have less access to sexual health education and quality medical services for testing and treatment options.
Chlamydia is in a slight decline over past years, which is a good indicator, but the numbers are still high. Women make up the gender group with the highest rates. Those 20 – 24 are highest followed by those 15 to 19 years old, showing a trend for teenagers becoming infected. This ups the stakes for educational measures in the public school system. The next highest group is males ages 20 to 24, followed by males age 15 to 19. Persons of Black race hae the highest numbers of infections followed by Hispanics, then White.
Gonorrhea is seen most often in women age 20 to 24 followed by girls age 15 to 19, males age 20 to 24 and males age 30 to 44. As with the trends seen in Chlamydia infections, from an ethnic perspective, Blacks rate the highest in positive cases.
Syphilis (all types) is most commonly reported in Black men age 30 to 44, then 20 to 24 followed by those in the 20 to 25 group. Hispanics have the second highest rates, followed by White males with females coming in at significantly lower infection rates across the ages and ethnicities.
Although there are free clinics available, funds may run low from time to time, making it necessary for people who really need testing to wait for the next funding cycle to start. This can help to further spread STD infections in the area.
STD testing is easy to order and it is a quick process. If you think you are at any level of risk for infection, it makes sense to avoid the worry and stress involved with wondering. After you order your testing, you just need to stop in at the lab. If you have any questions, they can answer them so you’ll have the information that is needed. Your testing results will arrive shortly and you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the city without the stress of wondering if you have an STD. You owe it to yourself to maintain the best health that is possible. Knowledge is power.