Even though some community leaders point out that the Chlamydia rates are currently lower than state and national averages, the data indicates that at the pace they are increasing this won’t be true for long. One of the best methods to slow the spread of this infectious disease and prevent it from infecting others is to have testing centers available for residents to go to.
Like most other cities across the county this small township is also seeing STD rates increase in young adults. Some of the other recent statistics that show how dangerously high the STD percentages are rising include,
- The number of Chlamydia incidents has been steadily rising since 2007.
- 2015 Chlamydia rate was 229 vs 202 reported in 2011.
- HIV rates were reported at 290.
The state of New Jersey does require its public school districts to include medically accurate information regarding the spread of HIV/AIDS, but these classes also stress the advantages of practicing abstinence. While abstinence can and will prevent pregnancies it is not effective at stopping the spread of STDs.
Included in these programs is information on how contraceptives often fail and students leaving these classes often believe that condoms are useless and cannot provide them with protection. Not only is this information wrong, it is also dangerous. While it is true that contraceptives can occasionally break, this does not mean that they are not extremely effective at preventing pregnancies and the spread of STDs.
Added to the problem with the township’s current sex education program is that students can easily opt out of the classes with a parent’s permission. When this happens teens do not even have the chance to learn about the dangers of HIV.
Regular Herpes testing in Edison is also not covered in the current classes, and this is being blamed for the high rate of infection among teens. Regular HIV testing in Edison is briefly discussed, but the importance of this simple procedure is often overlooked.
The budget cuts when combined with the broadening of Medicare to help Americans afford insurance has had the opposite affect when it comes to regular STD testing. Not only are the tests not covered under federal guidelines, the rising cost of the procedure has made it difficult for many residents to afford.
Many leave high school already infected with a venereal disease, and it is not uncommon for them to not even know that they have a STD. Until sweeping changes are made in Edison, residents will continue to be at risk for contracting any of the STDs.
While it is easy to forget about the town’s STD problems when you are enjoying the peace and quiet of Ambrose Brook this is not an excuse. STI clinics are waiting and willing to help, with/without insurance. The cost is affordable, and your privacy is secure.