The rates for each of these diseases are high. Thanks to the good work of analysts and statisticians, trends and patterns are identified which are helpful in determining who is at the greatest risk. The information is then used to help plot strategies for reaching them with valuable educational resources in the form of informational campaigns and increased funding for STD testing and treatment for those who cannot afford the costs.
- Chlamydia -490.6
- Gonorrhea- 106.5
- Syphilis- 11.6
The numbers above only represent the numbers of people who have followed through with the process of STD testing.
It is believed that by increasing the information available about STDs, more people will realize their need for testing. With cases of teenage infection on the rise, the local health authorities and certain branches of government came up with a strategy to reach more young people. A part of the plan includes mandatory sexual health education classes in all of the pubic schools. Students learn about the consequences of unprotected sex and how to prevent unwanted pregnancy and STD infection.
Demographics play a major role in the trends seen in STD rates. People who are born into situations of economic hardship, at or below the poverty level are at a distinct disadvantage from those who have adequate resources. There is a tendency for high dropout rates in school, and a lack of education about the dangers of unprotected sex. In addition to this, fewer financial resources means that there is an increased chance that they will not seek STD testing or medical treatment for the conditions because of financial restraints or inability to pay. This is among the top reasons why there are so many people still out there who need to get tested, but do not. Even though free STD testing centers are available, the funding is on a first come, first served basis and when it is depleted, there may be a waiting period until new funding is available.
The majority of people who are in at risk groups who do not get tested have not yet read the statistics that support their inclusion in the category of risk ranking, or do not believe that it applies to them. The truth of the matter is that it applies to everybody.
Chlamydia is twice as high in females as it is in men. Women in the 20 to 24 age group have the highest numbers followed by 15 to 19, then 25 to 29. Blacks have the highest rates when scored from an ethnic perspective, followed by Whites, then Hispanics. Gonorrhea incidences are slightly higher in men, particularly those who are age 20 to 24, followed by those 25 to 29, then those age 15 to 19.
Syphilis rates are also higher in males than for women. Those age 20 to 24 are in the highest incidence rank followed by 25 to 29, 45 to 54, then 30 to 34. It is also seen more frequently with co infections of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea or HIV in men who participate in male to male sex.
The rocky hills in Escondido are ideal for climbing and hiking. A safari park at the zoo allows you to get “up close and personal” with animals. It’s also relatively easy to pick up a STD. Public centers and private labs are hard to find, and they will check to see if you have a STI. Make an appointment and skip a potential wait. It won’t take long and you will feel better when you do.