For the past twenty years, the STD rate had gone largely unnoticed until recently when it became too high to ignore any longer.
- In 2016 the number of HIV cases is already being reported at 140, compared to the 128 reported in 2013.
- Females accounted for 73 percent of the Chlamydia diagnoses in 2014.
- The rate for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis in 2014 was reported at 587 per 100,000 residents compared to 550 in 2011.
Abstinence is also taught as the best method for preventing pregnancies and the spread of STDs. Some school districts do include information on the use of contraceptive but it is extremely limited.
Even though studies have shown that cities that have comprehensive sex education programs in place in the schools tend to have lower STD rates, officials in Kenosha are still reluctant to switch from their abstinence based classes. Some of this is due to a reluctance to discuss this sensitive subject, along with a belief that conversations about sex are best left up to the parents’ discretion.
Many teens and young adults also do not realize that STDs can be spread through other methods. Regular Herpes testing in Kenosha could go a long way towards preventing the spread. Regular HIV testing in Kenosha will help lower the city’s high rate of infection, along with preventing it from spreading to other residents.
Thanks to the presence of the universities the city of Kenosha has a relatively diverse population when classes are in session. During the summer breaks the population does decrease, but this does not mean that the number of STDs reported goes down as well.
The colleges do help to account for the substantial number of young adults that test positive. A lack of comprehensive sexual education classes in the public high schools helps to ensure that college students do not understand the risk they are putting themselves in, and many have never been told that they need to be tested for STIs on a regular basis.
As STD continues to rise it becomes more important than ever for you to take care of your sexual health. Not only does this include using protection every time you have sex, but also making sure that you are tested regularly for all transmittable diseases. There are STI clinics in the city for residents to take advantage of, and know that your sexual health is okay.