Recent statistics released by the CDC and Riverside County Health Department show that the city’s STD rates are rising, and are now the highest they’ve been in 25 years.
The number of reported Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis incidents are increasing in frequency, and the county currently has one of the highest rates in the state. The number of new cases of HIV is also increasing, especially among African American men.
While teens and young adults are at the highest risk for contracting Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, residents over the age of 25 are testing positive more often for Syphilis and HIV. Men account for the majority of Syphilis incidents, and the same is also true regarding HIV. Young men ages 18 to 22 are also seeing an increased risk for developing complications due to HPV.
What is the most troubling statistic is the rise in the number of congenital Syphilis cases reported each year. This is when an expectant mother infects the unborn baby, which can result in potentially life threatening complications. The surrounding area has seen this rate more than double in the last four years. This statistic alone should be enough to convince everyone of the importance of regular STD testing.
The recent statistics clearly show that sexually transmitted diseases can affect anyone, regardless of age or ethnicity. Some of the other statistics that help to highlight this growing health problem include,
- From 2011 to 2015 the Gonorrhea rate in men nearly doubled.
- Over 42 percent of the Chlamydia incidents reported in 2015 occurred in women ages 20 to 24.
- In 2011 the congenital Syphilis rate was reported at 3 per 100,000 residents, compared to 4 percent in 2014.
In response to the skyrocketing STD rates across the state lawmakers have now made it mandatory for all public school systems to provide medically accurate and comprehensive sex education to all students, starting in the 7th grade.
This is good news for health officials who have been pushing for sweeping changes in the state’s sex education policy for the last several years. Since the new law only went into effect at the start of the 2015-2016 school year, it is still too soon to tell if it is making a difference.
Problems with the new sex education requirements are already being discovered, and unfortunately this also means that some students will have to wait even longer before they have easy access to the information they need to protect themselves from venereal diseases.
Not every school district has the material mandated by the state, especially the ones that relied heavily on an abstinence based curriculum. Since there is still no way for the state to check to see if each school district is following the new guidelines, many are choosing to ignore the new requirements.
Regular Herpes testing in Menifee is the best way to prevent the spread of this infectious virus, especially among teens and young adults. Regular HIV testing in Menifee is also important, and the simple procedure could potentially save your life.
There are several factors that are contributing to the area’s high STD rates, but changes are being made.
A recent change to the current sex education program in place in the public schools is making it easier for teens to get the information they need to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. Since it will take time for these changes in the curriculum to take effect, many students still don’t understand the risks and responsibilities that come with being sexually active.
Budget cuts to health care are also being blamed for the rise in STD rates. Many clinics have been forced to close their doors and this is making it difficult for some residents to find a convenient place to get tested. Now that STD testing is no longer covered under Medicaid, some residents are finding that they simply cannot afford to take care of their sexual health.
The growing popularity in dating apps is one of the factors thought to be contributing to the rising STD rates in older adults. There is also a mistaken belief that many of these contagious diseases are no longer as prevalent as they once were. This has led to a false sense of security and many adults are simply not being as cautious as they once were.
As long as these and other issues remain unresolved the STD rates in this suburban city will continue to rise.
Even though residents prefer to enjoy the city’s scenic parks, it is important that they take a few minutes to think about their sexual health. The number of STDs reported each year is rising across all demographics, and this means that regular testing is important for your continued good health. While there are STI clinics in the suburb, it is understandable if you don’t want to spend the entire day waiting in a long line. Now you can easily schedule confidential STD testing with one simple phone call and only spend a few minutes at a local lab. This way you can take care of your sexual health, and still have plenty of time left to enjoy this L.A. suburb.