Manhattan, KS may not be as well-known as Manhattan, NY, but with over 56,000 people in the state it is definitely populated just enough for most residents. Unfortunately, it’s also over-populated with some sexually transmitted diseases like Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. You would be surprised to see the rate of infection among people within this city compared to the rest of the state and even compared to the rest of the nation. It’s definitely not a pretty picture.
The health experts have found that rates of Early Latent Syphilis are nearly 9 times higher in Manhattan than they are in the rest of the state and rates of Chlamydia are climbing over the national average as well. Recently released statistics show that there are a number of different things to watch for and plenty of reasons to get yourself tested.
Though these rates, especially those related to Chlamydia, are starting to get some attention from the health department, there are many who feel it may just be too little, too late. With so many diseases beginning to thrive throughout the area, it’s important to get yourself tested as quickly as possible.
Currently, the city follows a state mandated abstinence only until marriage policy where schools are required to only instruct students on abstinence and are not to discuss other forms of birth control or other aspects related to sexually transmitted diseases. There have been several pushes to get these rules and policies changed to make sure that youth have a better understanding of sex and sex education and are able to make more informed decisions in their lives.
Unfortunately, at this point in time the policies are not making it past the first level of approval that they need. Rather, they are dying out quickly where there is not enough support and understanding about what these youth really need in order to be safe and protected when having sex and even when they are not. That’s because, the unfortunate truth is that sexually transmitted diseases can be spread without actual sexual intercourse and because youth aren’t being taught this in their schools, the casual sexual contact that they do have isn’t believed to be putting them at risk.
Infections like HIV and Herpes can easily be spread without sexual intercourse, but youth and adolescents generally don’t know about this possibility when they engage in sexual contact because they haven’t been taught to understand it in schools. Rather, they believe that, because it’s not sexual intercourse they must be protected. It leads to even more youth who are negatively impacted and forever affected by a decision they made without knowing all of the consequences.
The diversity of the city of Manhattan seems to be reflected greatly in the number of STD’s located within the area. Just as in other parts of the state and parts of the country, those of different demographics seem to have higher rates than others when it comes to the prevalence of STD’s in general. This accounts for race as well as gender and age amongst those throughout the state and seems to hold throughout the years as it relates to the higher levels.
Men in the city and state seem to have a higher than average rate of developing different types of sexually transmitted diseases. Amongst younger teens and adults the rates seem to be much closer, however, beginning at age 20 the rates of AIDS, for example, begins to climb exponentially among men, spiking even higher once they reach age 30.
When it comes to age it seems that the most STD’s are reported in the 20-40 year span, rather than amongst teens and adolescents. Rates are most prevalent between the ages of 30 and 40 however they start to increase at the 20 year mark. Younger adolescents tend to have fewer chances of developing these diseases, though they more than double from under 13 to 13-19.
White youth and adults are more likely to become infected with an STD throughout their life but mostly when they are between the ages of 30 and 39. The number of white persons infected, however, begins to greatly surpass all others when they get to age 25 and continues upwards of 50.
Getting yourself tested for all types of STD’s including Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and a whole lot more are going to keep you feeling safer. Regular testing ensures that, no matter what type of sexual contact or intercourse you may be participating in, you’re going to feel much better, knowing that you’re aware. The sooner you find out about having an STD the sooner you’ll be able to start treating it and when you can get it done at a private and confidential appointment in a lab you’re already comfortable with it’s going to make the entire process that much easier.
Having a friendly and comfortable facility where you can find out more about different STD’s that are out there and how to improve your chances of staying safe and keeping infection free is going to make everything easier, and with schools in Manhattan, KS ignoring the important things, you’re going to be on your own to find out what you need to know.