Additional STD Test Statistics in Manteca, CA
STD rates in California are the worst they have been in at two decades. National statistics show a rise in STDs, and California is worse than national statistics with this including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Cases have increased over 10 percent in California for the three STIs since 2014 which was the worst previous year. Here are rates for chlamydia with rates in California higher than in the United States.
- 479 per 100,000 residents in the United States
- 486 per 100,000 residents in California
Here are some additional statistics of concern about STDs in California.
- Rates are highest for STDs among gay men
- Rates are especially high for women aged 15 to 24
- Syphilis rates went up by 20 percent from 2014 to 2015
Unfortunately, your state has the third highest rates of primary and secondary syphilis with Louisiana and Georgia the only states with higher rates. Syphilis is the least common of the three STDs but is a concern because of the increasing number of babies born with syphilis.
It is passed on with an infected mother. There were 142 babies born with syphilis in California in 2015. This is a jump from the 30 cases is 2012. California has the second highest rate of congenital syphilis in the United States.
California has these rates for females and males for chlamydia and gonorrhea per 100,000 residents with the rates higher for females.
Females 1176 127
Males 282 73
San Joaquin County has these rates being higher than rates in California for chlamydia and gonorrhea per 100,000 residents.
Females 1349 180
Males 340 113
California has these rates for chlamydia and gonorrhea per 100,000 residents.
Ages 10 to 14 28 for chlamydia 6 for gonorrhea
Ages 15 to 19 1359 for chlamydia 231 for gonorrhea
San Juaquin County has higher rates than California per 100,000 residents.
Ages 10 to 14 35 for chlamydia 19 for gonorrhea
Ages 15 to 19 1535 for chlamydia 283 for gonorrhea
STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Manteca, CA
Comprehensive sex education is the law in California. This means that all public schools in California are required by law to teach comprehensive sex education and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school. It includes learning about anatomy and birth control. It also means students are taught about healthy relationships, decision-making, and more.
This sex education should give students information to make healthy decisions about relationships and sexual and reproductive health. The sex education curriculum in school should include information about:
- Sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sex trafficking
- Health relationships
- Adolescent relationship abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual coercion
- Sexual orientation and sexuality
- Gender identity, gender roles, and gender stereotypes
- Consent, communication, and healthy decision-making
- HIV prevention and other STD prevention including testing and treatment
- Pregnancy prevention, parenting, adoption, and abortion
It is the right of a student to get this information in schools. With a mailing address in your city, a group called Teen Source asks students if they are actually getting comprehensive sex education at school.
Teen Source provides students with a questionnaire online to fill out to say if they have not received sex education covering all of the above. Teen Source also gives students a chance to explain if they have received information that is not accurate.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Manteca, CA
A look at demographics can help our understanding of STI rates in your city and region. The demographic that is most likely to be infected and least likely to get tested is people 25 and younger.
Females have higher rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea than males. Some experts blame the high rates of STDs in this age demographic in part to the use of new hook up apps that lead to casual sex among people 25 and younger.
Concerning the jump in the state for STDs, officials are not sure of all the reasons. People are not using condoms regularly so this could lead to the higher STD rates. People are going without testing and treatment and unknowingly spreading STDs. This is another possible reason for the higher rates.
We also see reports that STD prevention systems have been weakened because local and state clinics have reduced capacity or closed in the last few years. This also contributes to higher STI rates.
Men suffer in higher numbers than women from syphilis and HIV. STD rates also are generally higher in areas with a high poverty rate.
Here is data about race demographics and STDs per 100,000 residents. The data shows highest rates in San Joaquin County for African American/Blacks, followed by whites, and followed by Hispanic/Latino.
African American/Black 3823 for chlamydia 1064 for gonorrhea
Hispanic/Latino 549 for chlamydia 75 for gonorrhea
White 698 for chlamydia 98 for gonorrhea
STI Testing Resources in Manteca, CA
There are STI testing resources available in your city. These include an area hospital, local lab or online service, or Planned Parenthood/Manteca Health Center as some of the options.
The Planned Parenthood/Manteca Health Center offers STI counselling, testing, treatment, and vaccines. Testing, diagnosis, and treatment is provided for chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Testing and diagnosis only are provided for HIV. Prevention services include condoms and hepatitis B vaccines.
The San Joaquin County Public Health Services STD Clinic can also help you. It provides nonjudgmental and confidential STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, and family planning services.
STD Check is another option for testing in your area. It advertises testing that is 100 percent confidential. The staff speaks English and Spanish. All tests are FDA approved. Same day testing is available.
STDCheckExpress is another option. it can be a good choice if you feel embarrassed about going to Planned Parenthood.
We do not know the precise cause for why people do not get tested but some in your area are offering STD tests to be ordered online and mailed to homes. You provide a sample, send it back to a lab, and get results within a few days. We do not know how reliable these services are.
The hope is to get approval for these tests from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell similar tests in stores. These tests are not all cleared by the FDA to be sold online.
Health department officials note how difficult it can be to get people to go to one of their STD clinics. The state offers kits online to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea for women under the age of 25. This group should have annual screens for these two STIs as these women are considered at risk and primarily bearing the consequences of the STIs.
Planned Parenthood also launched an app in California. Through the app men and women can order chlamydia and gonorrhea tests.
Another way to get information about where to get tested is the Teen Source organization. Teen Source is a project of Essential Access Health. Project activities are supported by the federal Office of Population Affairs, Title X grant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STD Prevention Programs, The California Wellness Foundation, and the American Civil Liberties Union. It operates an online service that can help you get information about STDs and where to get testing and treatment.
This online hub for teen friendly sexual and reproductive health information has material that is for teens and by teens. It features accurate and reliable information about STDs, birth control, healthy relationships, and teen rights to accessing sensitive services in California. The site also features youth-generated blogs and videos.
From the Teen Source page, you can get free condoms if you are 12 to 19 years old and live in California. You can pick up a condom near you or order condoms to be mailed to your home. If you have them mailed to your home, they come in a plain yellow envelope so no one knows the contents.
Better Sexual Health in Manteca, CA
Whether you go to the Manteca Health Center/Planned Parenthood, a counsellor or nurse at an area high school, an online service, or a clinic or hospital such as Doctors Hospital of Manteca, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment. While STD rates are high in your area, help is available in your city 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 Planned Parenthood/Manteca Health Center or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom. Here are links to resources mentioned above.