Health officials have been warning residents about the importance of regular STD testing, and the recent statistics released by the CDC indicate that there is a reason local leaders are worried. For the last twenty years the number of residents who test positive for a sexually transmitted disease has been increasing, the statistics also show that this trend is likely to continue.
While STD rates are up across the state, it is this bedroom community and surrounding county that seem to be the most affected. Not only are Gonorrhea and Chlamydia rates up in men and women, but incidents of primary and secondary Syphilis are also on the rise. The data shows that STD rates are steadily climbing, and have surpassed the already high state averages several years ago. This indicates that will some areas have managed to start to get a handle on the number of sexually transmitted diseases each year the same cannot be said for this small bedroom community.
Sexually transmitted diseases are affecting men and women of all ages, though statistically teens and young adults are still among those with the highest risk. What is slightly surprising to high officials is the fact that more men are now contracting the majority of the sexually transmitted diseases. Some of the other statistics that residents should be aware of include,
- Between 2007 and 2014 Syphilis rates nearly doubled in men.
- While the number of females who contracted Gonorrhea has remained unchanged since 2009, the number of men has nearly doubled in the last seven years.
- Chlamydia rates for men and women have been statistically above state averages since 2005.
With STD rates well above national averages the state began implementing new sexual education programs in public middle and high schools. The new program still touches on abstinence, but it now includes all of the information teens and young adults need to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.
Medically accurate information is supplied regarding the spread of all STDs, including common signs and symptoms. While HIV/AIDS classes have always been mandatory, the new classes also discuss how all STDs are possibly spread. The importance and proper use of contraceptives is another addition to the program, along with information concerning sexual preferences. All this is being done in an effort to help stop the spread of STDs, and there are already encouraging signs that the new program might be paying off.
In the last few months it seems the number of new teenage pregnancies is starting to come down, and some counties in the state have even boasted about their lower STD rates. While this hasn’t happened yet in this area, health officials and city leaders are hopeful that positive changes will be coming soon. Regular Herpes testing in Inglewood is the best way to stop the spread of this virus in local schools, and it can also help prevent embarrassing flare-ups. Regular HIV testing in Inglewood is also crucial for continued good health, even if you are not sexually active.
As part of the LA downtown this small bedroom community is dealing with several challenges that all affect its STD rates. With many residents working and playing in the larger city it’s not hard for them to put their sexual health at risk.
It is not uncommon for some residents to depend on the anonymity they find in the city to engage in risky behavior, and the majority of them do not realize that they are significantly increasing their risk of contracting a STD. While engaging in unprotected intercourse is one of the risky behaviors some residents participate in, it is the growing popularity of illicit drugs that is really causing the STD rates to skyrocket, especially in older men. Many health officials also blame the use of illegal drugs for the resurgence of positive Syphilis diagnoses, especially among those who admit to sharing needles.
Language barriers also play a role in the high STD rates since it makes it hard for health officials to stress the importance of regular testing. This is also considered a “lower income” community, which means many residents simply can’t afford STD testing on a regular basis. Recent budgets cuts have also made it harder for everyone to afford any type of routine health care.
While the new sexual education classes are starting to help inform residents about the dangers they are facing to their sexual health, more needs to be done to ensure that everyone can receive the care they need which includes STD testing.
While it is easy to forget amidst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood that this small bedroom community is currently dealing with a health crisis, this does not excuse anyone’s decision to avoid being tested for STDs. If you are avoiding this important screening simply because you don’t want to stand in line, there is an easier way for you to get the care that you need. Now you can schedule confidential STD testing with one simple phone call and only spend 20 minutes or so of your time at a nearby lab so you can still hang out with the “stars”.