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Highland, California

Highland, California is located in San Bernardino County. The city covers an area of 18.89 square miles. As of this year, the population was 53,104. The name “Highland” also refers to a geographical area within the city. This area stretches from east of Del Rosa Avenue to the eastern city limits of the city, and includes a portion of the county that is not part of the city. Highland, CA is a relatively new city – having been incorporated only in 1987. Over the last several years, San Bernardino County has experiences and alarming increase of reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases. Because of this, members of the local health department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have begun to pay closer attention to the statistics within the newer city. As a result, the amount of resources available to those impacted by STI’s and HIV/AIDS is increasing.

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STD Statistics In San Bernardino County, CA

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One of the primary issues medical specialists have seen are an alarming amount of syphilis cases in pregnant women and newborns. Last year, the county reported a total of 15,000 STI cases. Gonorrhea cases grew by 192% from 2010 to 2016.

The county currently ranks 16th among all the counties in the United States when it comes to Chlamydia cases. The 11th for P&S Syphilis, 5th for latent Syphilis and 7th for congenital Syphilis within the state.

In 2015, the greatest age demographic affected Chlamydia were those aged 20-24. Females were more impacted than males by over 2,000 cases. There were 1,155 male cases reported and 3,222 female cases reported. Black, non-Hispanics were the ethnic demographic most impacted with 1,091 reported.

Those aged 20-24 were also most impacted my Gonorrhea. Females were more impacted than males, but only by 16 cases. The ethnic demographic most impacted were Black, non-Hispanics.

For Syphilis, the age demographic most impacted were those aged 20-24, following closely by those aged 25-29. Males were, by far, the gender demographic most impacted. The ethnic demographic most impacted were Native Americans followed closely by Black, non-Hispanics.

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STD Testing and Sexual Education in Highland, CA

In 2016 the state of California passed a new law known as the California Healthy Youth Act. This act covers sexual health education within the public-school system. It states that sexual health education must happen at least twice during a student’s academic career: once in middle school, and once in high school. Any education a student receives, even in elementary school, must be medically accurate.

Under this law, materials used must be appropriate to students off all races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural background and cover students with disabilities as well. Educators are also required to teach about healthy relationships as well as how to make good decisions. A student’s education must also not dictate that abstinence is the only form of safe sexual health. Parents must be notified if their student is being taught sexual health at least 14 days before the education begins.

Through the Planned Parenthood that serves San Bernardino and Orange County there are several programs that are geared toward educating youth about sexual health and safety. This Planned Parenthood also offers free condoms and other preventive services. One of their primary programs is a peer program which uses teens to teach teens. 15-19-year old’s are trained to be peer counselors on their school campuses. They then advocate and promote sexual safety on campus.

Another program is a six-hour session called Teen Life Skills which equips teens with skills necessary for making responsible decisions about their sexual activity. State certified health educators teach about gender roles, birth control methods, and STI’s. This program can be implanted either in school classrooms or at a youth agency. It can be done in a single day or over the course of a few days.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Highland, CA

There could possibly be a correlation between the fact that women aged 25-34 are the age demographic living in the greatest poverty and the fact that this age demographic is most impacted by Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. The percentage of those living in poverty in San Bernardino County is 19% which is 6% higher than the national average. Woman on average made $14,000 less than males which could also correlate to the act that they are the gender most impacted by poverty.

There could also be a correlation between the fact that Hispanics are the second largest ethnic demographic impacted by STI’s and HIV/AIDS, and the fact that they are the ethnic demographic most impacted by poverty. Within the county there were 242,682 Hispanics living in poverty within the county. Black, non-Hispanics, who were the ethnic demographic most impacted by STI’s, were counted as the fourth poorest ethnic demographic.

There could possibly be a correlation between the amount of Black, non-Hispanics infected with STI’s and the number of Black, non-Hispanics who graduated. Black, non-Hispanics were less likely to graduate than Hispanics or White, non-Hispanics. In 2015, there were 1,688 Black, non-Hispanic graduates in comparison to 9,457 Hispanic graduates and 5,526 White, non-Hispanic graduates.

Males were the gender demographic most impacted by HIV and Syphilis. This could possibly correlate with the fact that they were the gender demographic with the lowest graduation rate. In 2015, there were only 8,583 male graduates in comparison to 12,375.

STI Testing Resources in Highland, CA

There is the Foothill AIDS Project (FAP), which is dedicated to aiding people who live with, or are at risk for HIV and AIDS in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and western Riverside County. Their services endeavor to improve the lives of their clients and their families through comprehensive programs and support. They provide health and counseling services, case management and transportation services.

The Ironstone Medical Clinic, located in Riverside. They offer testing for both STI’s and HIV. Riverside is about a 23-minute drive from Highland. They are open seven days a week. These services are offered free of charge.

40 minutes away in Pomona is the Rite Medical Clinic. They offer STI and HIV testing, free of charge through the Family PACT, which provides services at no-cost for low income men and women, including teens.

There is Bienestar Services which advocates against HIV stereotypes. They offer a mobile HIV testing center and counseling available for those dealing with HIV and those dealing with LGBQT issues. They are located about an hour from Highland but drive around regularly with their mobile unit. They post their schedule with daily locations on their website.

The San Bernardino County Office of Public Health also offers testing through their offices. They also have a campaign called Get Yourself Tested, which encouraged people who are at risk for STI’s and HIV to get tested. Their offices are located in the city of San Bernardino, about 13 minutes away.

There is a Planned Parenthood located in the city of San Bernardino. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment online. This Planned Parenthood accepts a wide variety of insurances- all of which are listed on their website. They test for bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.

They test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia using urine samples. They suggest not urinating an hour before your test. Most of their STI tests also require a genital exam. Rapid HIV testing can be done by swabbing the inside of the patient’s mouth and with results in as little as 20 minutes. They offer counseling for those whose tests come back positive. They also provide STI and safe sex education.

Better Sexual Health in Highland, CA

Highland, Ca seems to have adequate resources, testing, and treatment for the population it has. While there has been an increase in STI’s, this does not seem to be from a lack of information provided both in an academic and medical setting. Educational curriculum supports and advocates abstinence, while also promoting being smart when becoming sexually active. While there is no Planned Parenthood within the city limits of Highland, there is a center in nearby San Bernardino. Demographics and statistics suggest that African Americans are most likely to contract an STI. It could be argued that this is a result of the percentage of white students that graduate as opposed to students of other ethnicities. Regardless of the statistics, the best way to prevent STI’s is to either remain abstinent or practice safe sex with your partner. San Bernardino County also provides several online resources that help educate about STI’s. One of which is: https://npin.cdc.gov/organization/san-bernardino-county-department-public-health.  As always, if you believe you have contracted an STI, please search out a testing center and seek treatment.

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