Testing rates are not as high as they should be when compared with the current figures. It is believed that a lack of awareness and information may be contributing factors. STD testing clinics are available to provide confidential and private services for anyone in the community. If there is an inability to pay the costs, free centers offer discounted rates and even free testing for those who qualify. Ordering the testing is very easy. Once this is done, all you’ll need to do is take a quick trip to a local lab to complete the testing process and get your results on their way.
STD testing reports are helpful in tracking the numbers of cases in the area as well as for helping to identify who may be at the most risk for getting an STD. Information is sent to the CDC for inclusion in a nationwide database of facts and figures about STDs. No names or other information that could be used to identify an individual is used so your testing is completely confidential.
The information listed in the chart below shows the current rates for STD infections per 100,000 people in this area.
- Chlamydia- 571.5
- Gonorrhea- 164.3
- Syphilis (Primary and Secondary)- 32.8
The rates for all primary and secondary Syphilis are nearly three times that of other comparable metropolitan areas in the country. This is an alarming fact beause Syphilis is among the most dangerous and damaging sexually transmitted disease that can have dire consequences if not diagnosed early and properly treated. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates are a little higher than the national average and the trends are similar with women being diagnosed with twice the frequency for Chlamydia when compared to men and men showing higher rates for having Gonorrhea and Syphilis over women.
The number one factor for putting you at risk for getting an STD is by having unprotected sex. The risk is fairly low if you are in a monogamous relationship with a person who is not infected. It is when you have multiple partners or cannot verify the monogamy or sexual health of your current partner that the odds go up and not in your favor.
The data shows that with regard to ethnicity, Blacks have the highest rates followed by Alaskan Natives/American Indians, Hispanics, and Whites in this order of frequency. The average age is between 20 and 24 for most STDs and with the exception of Chlamydia, men test positive more often than women.
Health department staff strongly believe that the numbers based upon actual testing completed are only a part of the big picture regarding the issue of STD epidemic potential. Many people who are at risk are not being tested. This could be in part by a lack of education about the dangers of unprotected sex, not knowing about safe sex practices and having no idea about the resources for help and assistance that are currently available in local communities.
Preserving your sexual health involves taking a few precautions. Refusing to have unprotected sex is the first step. Using condoms can help to reduce the odds of getting an STD, but it is not a one hundred percent guarantee. It is important to be selective about who you have sex with. Having multiple partners increases the odds that you will become infected. Perhaps the most important precaution that you can take is to get STD testing if you are at any risk whatsoever. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you could still have an STD. Not all of these diseases present themselves with symptoms in the early stages.
If you meet any of the criteria for being at risk for an STD then by all means, you should get tested. STDs can have long range effects on your health and can result in problems with fertility, childbearing and the health of your children. Some of them can even lead to death if not identified and treated by qualified health care providers. Catching sexually transmitted diseases in the early stages is always recommended. This can help in protecting your overall health and the health of your loved ones as well.
The process is simple, easy and fast. First, order your STD testing. you’ll find that it’s a breeze. The next step is to make a trip to a nearby lab where qualified and professional lab technicians will assist you in completing the testing process. They can answer questions if you have them. Your privacy is protected so there is no need for concern. By doing this you are taking an important step in protecting not only your sexual health, but your overall general health as well. Very shortly you’ll have your results and you can enjoy a greater peace of mind in knowing. If your results are positive, you can get the medical attention and treatment that you need so you will be able to live a longer, healthier and more enjoyable life.