The area has a high rate of reported HIV cases. Chlamydia is also a critical concern for the city. Chlamydia rates exploded across the local area over the past few years, with the number of women infected with Chlamydia far exceeding the number of men with Chlamydia. There are also a high number of residents with gonorrhea.
Consider this STD data for area:
- In 2011, there were 25 new HIV cases
- In 2015, there were 32 new HIV cases in the area
- In 2011, there were 221 reported new cases of gonorrhea
- In 2015, there were 320 new gonorrhea cases reported
- In 2011, there were 667 new cases of Chlamydia reported
- In 2015, 627 new cases of Chlamydia reported.
It is interesting to note that the number of local newly reported Chlamydia cases dropped significantly in 2013, to 551. New cases surged to 613 the following year and increased again in 2015, the second consecutive year that there were increases in all types of reported STDs. For all years, the newly reported cases of both HIV and AIDS were most often attributed to male sex with another male. The next most significant category was through heterosexual transmission.
With these alarming rates, everyone should get tested at an STD clinic in Hattiesburg. Considering specific types of sexually transmitted diseases and the numbers of individuals infected likely helps in understanding the alarming rates of local individuals who tested positive for one or more STDs.
Officials at local schools ensure that area students have sexual health education, including learning about the risks associated with having unprotected sex. Students also receive education about the risks associated with mixing alcohol, drugs and sexual activity, in hopes of reducing the rates of risky sexual behaviors and incidents of STD transmission
Area residents have the ability to help reduce the rates of HIV, AIDS, syphilis, Chlamydia, gonorrhea and other STDs through regular testing at a local STD clinic. The process is quick and easy.
When getting your STD tests done, make sure you get tested for herpes. Many people do not know for some time that they have herpes. Even if you do not have symptoms, you run the risk of passing the infection to a partner if you do have it.
HIV testing is crucial to help lower the local rates of HIV infection. People often do not know for years that they have HIV. This is because, like herpes, you may not have symptoms, especially early after exposure to HIV. HIV testing at a local STD clinic is quick and allows you to return to work or school, get the kids to practice or to simply get back to enjoying the city in a minimal amount of time.
Encourage your partner to make the call to arrange for STD testing at a local clinic. Getting your partner to have private STD testing is crucial for your sexual health and for the sexual health of your partner.
Sexually transmitted diseases affect some groups in the area in a disproportionate number. The population was slightly over 47,000 people in 2014, yet the area has high rates of reported STDs.
The median age in the area is 28.9 years. Younger residents typically account for higher numbers of reported cases of STDs and therefore likely play a role in the number of area residents with one or more STDs. Another fact that potentially plays a role in higher STD rates in the area is that more than 50 percent of the population reports never being married.
Black residents account for slightly more than 50 percent of the city’s population, yet accounts for far greater numbers of STDs than white residents, who make up slightly over 40 percent of the population. Although nearly 85 percent of residents report graduating high school, just over 30 percent report graduating from college. Lower education levels typically affect STD awareness, potentially contributing to local STD rates.
Another factor that likely contributes to the high number of residents with STDs is poverty, since the city is not as affluent as some other areas. The median annual income for residents living in the city hovers around just $25,000. People living in poverty often feel they do not have access to the same services as people with greater incomes, which in turn potentially contributes to higher incidents of STDs. The inability to pay medical bills also likely contributes to residents not obtaining testing or seeking STD treatment.
When you receive confidential testing at an area STD clinic, you no longer have to wait in an open clinic room with everyone else waiting for hours to get STD testing. Clinics want to protect your privacy and that of your partner when you get your testing done. There are several easily accessible locations available for free, confidential STD testing.
Committing to regular testing and practicing good sexual health behaviors helps protect you against the soaring rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the local area. Remember, that no matter your income bracket, race, culture, education level or gender, you are not immune to contracting STDs.
Right after completing your quick, confidential and thorough STD testing, you can get back to enjoying the history of the city.