A review of the numbers of people who have STDs in this area show that there is good reason for concern. Most people are not aware of the high percentages of people who have tested positive for infection. Data on STDs has been collected and analyzed for several decades and it is made public for anyone who has an interest in knowing. Because of strict laws on privacy and confidentiality, nobody’s name is used in the generation of reports. The statistics below are the number of cases of certain STD infections per 100,000 in population.
- Chlamydia- 390.2
- Gonorrhea- 75.2
- Syphilis- 9.3
Jurupa rests within Riverside County which ranks number twenty in the nation for reported Chlamydia cases. This is not something that health department officials in the area take lightly. Women test positive twice as often as men do and it is most commonly seen in those who are age twenty to twenty four, followed by the fifteen to nineteen age group. Gonorrhea rates have nearly doubled in the past five years with men having slightly higher rates than women, and those who are age twenty to twenty four having greater frequency followed by age twenty five to thirty. Syphilis numbers state wide land California in second place in the nation which is sobering to say the least.
The information that is gathered for each client who receives STD testing includes the type of testing done, the results, their age, ethnicity, financial status, gender and area of residence. No personal information that could be used to identify any client is shared. Each person is protected by strict confidentiality laws that ensure total privacy. Over the past decades, this specific information has been helpful in figuring out which groups or people have the highest rates of positive test results for specific sexually transmitted diseases. The reason why this is so important is that it helps public health authorities to identify problem areas and target certain regions for educational campaigns. The biggest challenge that they face is getting the word out that STDs are rampant in some areas and precautions must be taken to lessen the risk.
There are currently multiple sexual education campaigns underway. Both public and private health organizations are active in distributing pamphlets and offering public seminars on sexual health and safe sex practices. Free condoms are also distributed by some of them. Sex education classes are required as part of the curriculum in the public schools. This measure is an attempt to reach youth before they begin experimenting with sex. They leave the courses with an understanding of the risks of having unprotected sex and they also know where they can get Herpes and other types of STD testing.
Pregnant women receive a degree of counseling and screening for STDs as a part of standard prenatal health care practices. This helps to prevent the number of infants who are born with disabling conditions or stillborn because of infected mothers.
Regardless of the fact that information is being disseminated, the numbers are still going up. More needs to be done to slow the spread. Communities need to be aware of the facts and take action. If every person who is at risk for having an STD would get tested and follow up with treatment as needed, we would see the numbers begin to decrease over time. Each person needs to be responsible for their own sexual health and take the recommended precautions for the prevention of infection.
There are STD testing centers available in your community that will provide you with private and confidential testing services. If you are financially unable to pay the full cost, free clinics are also nearby. Their rates are established by your ability to pay and you could qualify for free or reduced costs, depending on your current income.
Anyone who has had sex without protection and with a person that you are unsure of may be at risk for getting an STD. Unless you are in a monogamous relationship, the only way to be certain is to get tested. You’ll find that the process for ordering your testing is fast and easy. All that you’ll need to do is to take the next step and stop by a lab for test completion. Staff are there to assist you and answer questions if you have any. You’ll find them to be friendly and professional. They understand that it is important to serve clients quickly yet thoroughly. You’ll see how easy and confidential the entire process is and you’ll be on your way to enjoy the rest of your day. STD testing can help you to get the medical attention that you’ll need to preserve your sexual health if your testing results are positive. Do your part to stamp out the STD explosion and become a part of the solution.