The Herpes virus is prevalent mainly in schools, Gonorrhea is affecting teens and adults. Rates for women are staying steady, but not for men. Over the last ten years the number of men that have tested positive for Gonorrhea has increased dramatically, and health officials are blaming this spike on several factors that include a lack of regular STD testing.
The statistics also show that Syphilis rates are rising, though at a slower rate than the rest of the state. HIV/AIDS incidents are increasing, and this has health officials worried. In 1986 there were less than 100 residents living with HIV and by 2010 the number was reported at over 3,000.
- The Chlamydia rate was 266.1 with the majority of incidents occurring in women under the age of 24.
- The HIV rate in 2014 was 416.8, compared to 632.9 reported by the state.
- In 2014 the Gonorrhea rate was 42.8, with over 40 percent of the cases reported in men 18 to 24 years of age.
Even though state law does require sex education local public school districts are allowed to choose their own curriculum. While it must include scientifically proven information on HIV and STDs, schools are allowed to decide how it is presented. This means that most public school systems use federally funded abstinence based material.
While students do learn about STDs and contraceptives are covered, teens are still taught that abstinence is the best and only way for them to prevent a sexually transmitted disease. While this is true regarding unplanned pregnancies, it does little to stop the further spread of STDs. The abstinence based classes can also leave students that are sexually active feeling ashamed and embarrassed, and this can make it difficult for them to admit that they might have a problem. If teens and young adults don’t feel like they have anyone to talk to about their sexual activity, they are less likely to get tested.
Regular Herpes testing in Germantown is important, especially if educators want to stop the spread of the virus through area high schools. The same is true for regular HIV testing in Germantown is also crucial, especially since the infection rate is rapidly rising.
Even though the county is ranked as one of the healthiest in the state, thanks to its numerous hospitals and high percentage of residents with insurance, most are still not getting tested for all of the STDs on a regular basis. There are several reasons why residents aren’t getting tested. The lack of information, along with shame and embarrassment many people feel when they are getting tested. Most residents do not want to be seen standing in line at a community STI clinic, even if they are there just as a precautionary measure.
Before you head down to The BlackRock Center for the Arts to catch a concert or raise a mug at Oktoberfest look around to see if there is a STI clinic. Chances are you’ll find one close by. It is an affordable option to HIV centers, and you can remain anonymous as to your reason there. Results are faster than mobile testing, and reliability is never a primary concern.