Not only are women and men diagnosed with Chlamydia more often each year, primary and secondary Syphilis incidents are also on the rise. This is especially alarming since Syphilis had been under control since the late 1980’s, but this STD has been making a comeback,
Syphilis is becoming more common in older men. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is still more prevalent in young adults, but these STDs are also turning up more frequently in older residents. Other statistics that are causing health professionals in the area to admit that there is an ongoing problem with sexually transmitted diseases include,
- In 2010 the country ranked 33rd in the state with a Chlamydia rate of 181.5 per 100,000 residents.
- The area ranked 13 in the state in 2010 for its Syphilis rate.
- There were 140 cases of Gonorrhea reported in the county during the twelve month period.
The state of Colorado has recently enacted legislation that requires schools to offer medically accurate sexual education classes to its students. The information taught is based on students’ ages, and covers everything from abstinence to how to properly use contraceptives. HIV studies and medically accurate information regarding its spread and treatment are also mandatory in the new classes.
Previously district schools relied on abstinence only programs which were effective at slowly down the teen pregnancy rate, but did little to stop the spread of STDs. While parents can still opt to keep their children out of the classes, officials are hopeful that the majority of students will benefit from the new information.
While implementing sexual education classes in public schools is a positive step towards reducing the spread of STDs, it is still important for students and their families to get tested for all venereal diseases. Regular Herpes testing in Lakewood can help, and the simple procedure is quick and painless.
Even though it is located in one of the most populous counties, there is still community health center shortages due to its geography and the fact that residents are frequently spread out over greater distances. Since it is not always easy to find a clinic and many residents don’t have the time to spend hours waiting in line, many simply forego the important screening simply hoping that they are not at risk or already infected.
Intravenous drug, especially among older Caucasian men, is one of the main reasons Syphilis incidents are on the rise. These same residents are also staying sexually active longer which only increases their risks. Without regular testing, many residents never know that they have at least one STD until they have already infected others.
With the mountains to explore and the Great Plains it is easy to keep putting off getting tested for STDs, even knowing that the incident rate is on the rise. You don’t have to spend hours waiting in long lines at one of the few health facilities in the area. STI clinics are affordable and will usually be able to provide 24 hr results.