As part of the city of Dallas it is not surprising that the latest statistics show that the suburb has been experiencing an alarming increase in the number of STDs reported over a twenty year period. The county of Dallas is one of the highest ranked in the state for number of sexually transmitted diseases, and recent statistics show the young adults and teenagers are particularly at risk. Over half of the Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases were reported in women ages 17 -24, and statistics show that the number of HIV cases in African American men is continuing to rise.
- There were 213 cases of Syphilis reported in Mesquite and Dallas county in 2008.
- The surrounding county ranked 2nd highest in the state for STDs between 2006 and 2010.
- In 2010 there were over 100,000 reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the area.
- By 2010 there were over 2,500 residents who were living with AIDS.
- Over 4,000 residents in the city and county were diagnosed with HIV in 2010.
- Dallas county and the included communities had the highest rate of HIV infections in 2010.
This quiet bedroom community uses the same sexual education program recommended by the state as the larger city of Dallas that focuses on abstinence, and not how to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. While the deeply conservative residents of the community might believe that this is the best way to protect teenagers from the dangers of sex, the rising number of teen pregnancies suggests that this approach is not effective. Added to the growing problem is the lack of funding for sexual health centers, and the recent laws that have forced many clinics in the area to close. Without education that outlines the risks of having unprotected sex and the importance of regular testing, this small independent city will continue to have a high rate of STDs.
The best method of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is to practice safe sex, and get tested regularly. Some STDs can be transmitted without having intercourse, and some do not show any symptoms until it is too late. Herpes testing in Mesquite can not only detect and diagnose this embarrassing viral infection, it can also help to prevent cold sores from forming whenever you are stressed. HIV testing in Mesquite is particularly important given the area’s high number of reported cases, and residents living with AIDS.
The quiet community of Mesquite has a diverse population that does play a role in the high rate of STDs. While different cultural backgrounds do present its own unique problems in convincing residents of the importance of regular testing, the main problem in the city is the lack of education. Without the funding needed to implement sexual education programs in the independent school districts students will continue to be unaware of the risks and responsibilities associated with sexual activity. As long as residents do not understand the importance of regular testing, their sexual health will continue to suffer.
The small bedroom community of Mesquite sits just outside downtown Dallas, though its’ wide open spaces make it seem like it is miles away. While this may be a peaceful community it is still dealing with the same health epidemic as the rest of the state with rising STD rates that keep increasing every year. Without proper education and wellness checks to ensure good sexual health, this community will continue to put its residents at risk.
There are clinics in the suburb but the long lines have many residents choosing to schedule a private STD test in Mesquite that lets them spend only a few minutes in the local lab, and they still have plenty of time to spend the day out on the lake at Samuell’s Farm.
Tracking STDs, HIV, and AIDS in Texas