Health officials are worried about the rising number of primary and secondary Syphilis diagnoses. While high Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates were expected, especially since these sexually transmitted diseases have been steadily increasing nationwide, the growing number of Syphilis cases is surprising.
Between 2005 and 2014 the number of p/s Syphilis diagnoses rose from 122 to 396. The majority of diagnoses were in older men, and statistics show that there is also a large number who had multiple STDs. Some of the other statistics recently released include;
- There were 23 women diagnoses with primary and secondary Syphilis in 2005, which rose to 36 in 2015.
- Chlamydia cases climbed from 12155 in 2005 to 19889 in 2014.
- While Gonorrhea rates did dip slightly in 2008 and 2009, the number of diagnoses has more than doubled to 5529 in 2014.
With these statistics health officials agree that it is more important than ever for everyone to get tested regularly.
While it is not uncommon for public school systems to use the abstinence only sexual education program, the city of Gilbert has taken it a step further. Not only does the city school system only teach that abstinence is the “best” way to prevent pregnancy and STDs in its limited sexual education program, it has now placed stickers on high school biology books in an attempt to limit the amount of scientific information students receive about their reproductive systems.
With the advent of this new program health officials are seeing teen pregnancy and STD rates soar in students, and unfortunately expect these numbers to continue to rise. Regular Herpes testing in Gilbert can help stop it in high schools. Regular HIV testing in Gilbert is especially important, especially considering the lack of sexual education.
It should be noted that Gilbert is part of Maricopa county which includes a large prison population who also has a high rate of STDs. The inmate turnover rate is extremely high. Without regular STD testing recently released inmates will only continue to add to the growing problem.
Many residents are also afraid of running into a friend or family member at one of the clinics, and prefer to ignore the problem instead of getting tested.
Other demographical factors that are contributing to the increasing number of reported STDs are age and gender. Teens and young adults make up the majority of reported STDs and statistics show that these numbers are increasing every year.
HIV and mobile STD testing will answer any questions you might have about your status, but your privacy isn’t guaranteed. Local STI clinics are fast and affordable. You can also remain anonymous. Your results will be delivered discreetly, typically on the same or next day. Once you’re finished, you’ll truly be able to appreciate the area’s scenic beauty.