Additional STD Test Statistics in Mansfield, TX
Texas is on the list of states with highest rates of STDs. It came in at number eleven on the list with the highest rates of STDs and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Texas had 633.8 STDs per 100,000 people for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. There were 129,861 cases of chlamydia meaning about 498 cases per 100,000 people.
The number of cases and rate for gonorrhea were 33,835. Syphilis included 1,475 cases and a rate of 5.7.
According to a recent study of the top 100 most sexually diseased cities in the U.S., we see statistics for areas that reported rates higher than 290 per 100,000 people. Nine Texas cities made that list.
Killeen (home of Ft. Hood military base) leads in the number 9 spot. San Antonio was the worst big city offender in Texas at number 97.
Houston, Austin, and Dallas did not make the top 100. While your area did not make the list, there is still room for improvement.
Texas has the nation’s third-highest rate of unplanned teen pregnancies. It is 63 per 1,000 births for females ages 15 to 19. The state has the second-highest rate of multiple births for girls 15 to 19.
Tarrant County recently saw 8,395 cases of chlamydia according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The county saw 2,163 cases of gonorrhea and 163 cases of primary and secondary syphilis. These rates, most notably chlamydia, have been climbing over recent years across the whole state of Texas.
STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Mansfield, TX
The way sex education looks in Texas today is the way it has looked for years. Under the law, abstinence has to be taught as the first and best choice. Everything else is optional, including talking about disease prevention, conception, and sex education.
A group of Dallas Independent School District parents wants to put into place a better sex education curriculum to cover more disease prevention. Some disagree with the change. Currently in Texas sexual education classes must devote more time to abstinence than any other behavior.
David Wiley is a health education professor at Texas State University. He is a critic of abstinence only sex education.
He notes that currently student have misconceptions he sees in his classes. Some male students ask about their chance of getting cervical cancer. Some female students have no idea how birth control works. Wiley reviewed sex education curricula across the state for the Texas Freedom Network.
Texas now ranks third in teen pregnancies, first in repeat teen births, and sixth for gonorrhea among young women. It ranks 12th for diagnosed HIV cases among teenagers.
Abstinence only education has not helped those numbers. Several studies of Centers for Disease Control data have shown that states with abstinence-only sex education have higher rates of teen pregnancy than those with more comprehensive programs.
Research from the University of Texas shows that ten percent of sixth-graders have had sex, and by 12th grade 70 percent of teens have had sex. This means more than 800,000 teens in Texas.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Mansfield, TX
Demographics play a role in STD rates in the city and area. The high school and young adult demographic is the focus of many STD prevention programs. Those who are 15 to 24 years old are the demographic for men and women that shows the highest numbers and rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea.
About half of all new STD diagnoses are among young people. Here is some recent demographic data about the Dallas area.
The majority of primary and secondary syphilis cases occurred in males (87%). The largest proportion of chlamydia infections were in black (25%) and Hispanic (21%) females.
Compared with older adults, sexually active people ages 15 to 24 are at higher risk of getting an STD. However, we should also keep in mind that locations throughout Texas can be a good place for a retired person so we should look at STD rates in seniors.
The Center for Disease Control notes increases in senior citizen population STDs. Since 2007, incidence of syphilis among seniors is up by 52 percent.
Chlamydia is up 32 percent. Senior citizens are sexually active and practicing unprotected sex. Medicare now offers STD screenings for seniors. Factors in the growing numbers include Americans are living longer and healthier lives with an interest in sex. Viagra and similar pills are another factor as are progesterone and estrogen creams for older women.
Since pregnancy is not an issue, seniors could feel that unprotected sex is an option. Seniors have not received an education in how unprotected sex can lead to STDs.
Retirement communities are areas where STD rates are rising. Age tends to make people more rather than less susceptible to disease.
As you get older, your immune system tends to weaken. You can be more prone to infection. This can be a concern also if a senior has an STD, is fighting it off, and could become more vulnerable to another infection. Seniors need education on STDs. They need the same information young people get.
STI Testing Resources in Mansfield, TX
There are several options available to you for STI testing near your city. Let’s look at some now.
The AIDS Outreach Center Fort Worth Office is an AIDS Service Organization offering HIV and syphilis testing. All are welcome here.
SAAVED Incorporated is a religious organization that is open to the public and is offering:
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventative Health Services Central Fort Worth Health Center is another option. If you are uninsured, you may qualify for a state-funded program or a lower fee scale.
Bring the following documents: birth certificate, pay stub, photo ID, proof of residence. Fees for services are based on your household income. Bring proof of income when you arrive for your visit. The clinic offers:
Conventional HIV Blood Testing
The Tarrant County Public Health Department is another option. It is open to the general public and individuals at high risk. It offers:
The John Peter Smith Health Network JPS Healing Wings Clinic is an option. HIV testing is open to the general public. It offers HIV Testing and Hepatitis B Vaccines.
Remember that a Planned Parenthood location is a place that can help you with STD education, testing, and treatment. The staff is trained to help you with your situation.
If you are embarrassed to be seen at Planned Parenthood you could consider the hospital or urgent care option. No one will know why you are there. Yet another option is a private service such as PlushCare.
You order your STD tests. Then you visit a local lab. Then you get results via email in three business days or less. When you order you choose the tests you want to order. If you do not know for sure which tests to order, call the service so they can help.
When you visit a local lab you bring with you a personalized lab order form. There is no appointment needed. It takes one blood and/or urine sample and about 15-30 minutes. If results show a need for treatment, you connect with the service and a doctor to provide a treatment plan.
Better Sexual Health in Mansfield, TX
Whether you go to Planned Parenthood, a high school counsellor or nurse, an online service, an urgent care center, or a clinic or hospital, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment. While STD rates are high in your city and area, help is available in your area in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discreet, compassionate, and effective.
Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you, especially with the staff at the Planned Parenthood or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom to practice safe sex.
Methodist Mansfield Health Center is a facility that can provide you with information about STDs, testing, and treatment. A counsellor or nurse at Mansfield High School can also help. Here are links to resources mentioned above.