What is especially alarming to city and county health officials is that they do not see any signs that these statistics will begin to decrease, which makes it even more important for residents to schedule regular STD testing.
Other statistics that have city leaders concerned include;
In 2013 there were 400 cases of Chlamydia diagnosed per 100,000 residents compared to 200 in 2006.
- The Syphilis rate doubled in the same 7 year period rising from 8.4 cases in 2006 per 100,000 residents to over 16 reported incidents in 2013.
- In 2009 the STD rate in adults ages 25 to 34 increased by 5 percent over the previous years.
- 70 percent of all Chlamydia diagnoses were in teens and young adults ages 15 to 24.
- 56 percent of all STD incidents occurred in residents under the age of 25.
STD rates and teen pregnancies are on the rise, and the recent statistics indicate that this problem is likely to continue. Sexual education programs not only help inform students about the dangers associated with engaging in unprotected sex, but it also covers the importance of regular STD testing.
While the abstinence only program does give some students the support they need to say “no”, it does not cover all of the risks associated with sexually transmitted diseases. Without comprehensive classes in place in the city schools, teens and their parents often do not realize that not all STDs are only transmitted through intercourse. Without education and regular testing, some students might not even realize that they are infected.
Some viral infections like Herpes and HIV can be passed without sexual penetration. Without the necessary education in the classrooms, city and health leaders unfortunately only expect the number of sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed each year to continue to rise.
Some of the area college campuses have taken the initiative and implemented their own sexual education programs, and many universities also have health centers open to students. While this is helping to lower some STD rates among residents in the 20 to 24 age bracket, it is not enough to protect everyone from a sexually transmitted disease.
Lower income neighborhoods often have a shortage of community health centers, and many residents simply cannot afford regular STD testing. When this is combined with a mistrust of government health officials, it can be difficult for community leaders to stress the importance of regular health screenings.
Before heading to one of the fabulous beaches in the Miami-Dade area it is important to take a few minutes to consider your sexual health. While STD rates are on the rise many residents are still choosing to put off this important health step due to the long lines at the community health centers, but now there is another option. You can easily schedule confidential STD testing with one quick phone call and only spend 20 minutes or so at a local lab, which still gives you plenty of time to tour one of the college campuses or even participate in a fun game of beach volleyball.