Chlamydia incidents are increasing, and Gonorrhea, HIV and infectious Syphilis rates are up as well. Hispanics and African Americans are almost 2x as likely to be infected as other demographics.
Older men are also testing positive for STDs more often, especially for HIV/AIDS and Syphilis. This is particularly alarming for local health officials since ten years ago the incident rates for these sexually transmitted diseases was declining. Some local health officials point out that while STD rates are rising, they are not the highest in the state. Unfortunately this may not stay true if they continue to climb at the same pace. The rising STD rate also highlights the need for regular testing regardless of past sexual activity.
Some of the statistics that residents need to be aware of include,
- In 2008 the Chlamydia incident rate was 349.9 percent, compared to 445.0 in 2015.
- Galveston County reported a Gonorrhea rate of 79.9 in 2014, compared to 104.9 in 2015.
- 2014 saw 59 new cases of infectious Syphilis which rose to 61.
Even though Texas public school districts do offer sex ed it is still not enough to slow the growing number of STDs reported by teens each year. Some local leaders point out that this might be due to the fact that current sex education programs only teach students the benefits of abstinence, and some go as far as to claim it really is the only option teens should ever consider. With STD and teen pregnancy rates climbing, it is becoming obvious that abstinence based classes are not enough to keep students safe.
While abstaining from sexual activity will prevent unplanned pregnancies, it does not stop the spread of all STDs. Some of the sexually transmitted viruses can be contracted through other methods, and simply practicing abstinence is not always enough to prevent students from contracting a venereal disease.
Since recent statistics show that teens are already sexually activity, they need medically accurate information that pertains to them. This does include the importance and use of condoms, along with scheduling regular STD testing. Regular Herpes testing in League City can help. Regular HIV testing is just as important and as long as this information is not included in the curriculum, students and residents will continue to be at risk.
The city’s conservative beliefs regarding sex is a problem. Many leaders simply do not want to admit that there is a STD epidemic. Not only is this preventing the necessary changes to the sex education programs, it is also making it difficult for teens to talk to anyone, if they think that there might be a problem.
The state and city has recently suffered budget cuts to its health care programs. This, combined with recent changes in the law have forced many health centers to close.
As long as these and other problems exists, residents of League City can expect to continue to see their STD rates increase.
Before heading over to the Kemah Boardwalk, make a conscious decision to pop into a STI clinic. Your privacy is secure, especially if you choose not to use insurance. The procedures are affordable, and you can settle in comfortably in a discreet area. You’ll even be able to make the opening act at a Woodlands concert.