Just like hundreds of other cities throughout the continental United States, Grand Junction, Colorado has its fair share of problems in relation to sexually transmitted diseases. As a whole, chlamydia appears to be the worst and most prevalent within the city, followed by gonorrhea and HIV.
Recently, the Mesa County health Department has released its annual community health needs assessment, outlining the severity of STDs within the county as a whole. Between 2010 and 2014, the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease appeared to be chlamydia, and even surpassed the state’s rate in some cases. According to the report, with a 100,000 person sample, Mesa County:
- Had an average rate of 442.3 within 2010, 464.2 in 2011, 430.6 in 2012 377.5 in 2013 and 376.4 and 2014.
- Between 2010 through 2012, the County of Mesa had an average rate of chlamydia significantly higher than the average across the entire state of Colorado.
- Syphilis, both primary and secondary, remained virtually nonexistent throughout the county.
- Gonorrhea continue to rise throughout the five years on average.
The report went into further detail to explain severity for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV within the County of Mesa. Furthermore, the Center of disease control released the 2013 annual report outlining the issue from their perspective, offering further information.
According to this report, overall the state of Colorado isn’t a major contributor compared to a number of other states. According to this report, within 100,000 person sample, the County of Mesa had an average rate of 1000 to 3000 for chlamydia cases, a rate of less than or equal to 300 for gonorrhea, and a less than or equal to rate of 2.2 for primary and secondary Syphilis.
In the grand scheme of things, when comparing the rate of Colorado compared to the continental United States, Colorado offered significantly lower rates across the board. Within 100,000 person sample, chlamydia had an average rate of 1897.8 in Colorado and had a rate of 2160.2 on average within the United States overall. With regards to gonorrhea, the rates for Colorado was 203.9, while the average for the continental United States was 421.3. Lastly in regards to syphilis the average rate for Colorado was 4.8 while the average for the continental United States was 10.3.
The community and government offers a number of resources and services to the general public for free. For example, the community offers a number of free pamphlets and brochures outlining the severity of STDs, safe sex techniques, and the process of trying to get rid of an STD. Further, the city provides free information online for those who are interested. By searching a number of the government websites or community webpages, there are a wide array of resources that one can utilize to generate a better grasp on understanding and improving ones sexual health.
The city also offers awareness towards sexual education, STDs, and safe sex practices to students at public schools. Through this public service, students can understand sexual health and how severe sexual transmitted diseases are.
The city does offer a number of other services including STD testing for all of its residents and tourists. The service is confidential, quick and provides feedback for those who are interested in gauging their own sexual health.
However, recently a new study about sexual transmitted diseases revealed that nearly 50% of all STD cases occurred among young individuals, typically between the ages of 15 and 24. According to this report, the County of Mesa had an overall higher chlamydia rate for individuals and is a 15 and 29 compared to the average across the entire state of Colorado.
There are a number of community members who feel that more should be done in order to address the issue and raise awareness for those a younger age. Many public officials have offered partial solutions for this issue, such as discussing sexual health at a younger age within the public education system within the community, pushing a public awareness campaign towards the entire revelation of the city, and even addressing this issue head-on with parents.
As a whole the city is populated with many individuals having different backgrounds, making this an extremely welcoming community. According to the 2015 Mesa County health report, Mesa County had an overall population containing 79.5% white, followed by a 13.8% population of Hispanic or Latino individuals. Furthermore, the communities filled with individuals old and young, making this a great location to settle down in.
As a more recently, a number of news outlets have begun addressing the rising issue of STD’s throughout the United States, including increases in sexually transmitted diseases
This is a wonderful city offering a wide array of unique activities and beautiful sites to see. However, much like hundreds of other cities within the United States, STDs are becoming a major issue. Over the past few years the number of STD instances have slightly declined minimally. Many individuals in the community feel that more should be done in order to fight this epidemic.
In order to help prevent the further spread of sexual transmitted diseases, it’s vitally important that you do your fair share and regularly touch base with your sexual health by taking a STD test. Grand Junction offers a number of locations that provide free STD tests, and there are a number of health centers throughout the city that offer private testing which typically yield more confidential and more expedited test results (usually within 1 hour of undergoing a test). Frequently undergoing this procedure yields you with improved sexual health and increased knowledge.