The Moreno Valley and surrounding Riverside County are currently seeing an alarming increase in the number of reported STDs each year, and the recently released statistics indicate that this alarming trend has been occurring over the last twenty years.
While health officials expected to see higher than average rates for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, the number of reported incidents of primary and secondary Syphilis took city leaders by surprise. The disease which can be deadly was thought to be under control, but recent statistics released by the CDC points to a resurgence of the STD.
The data also shows that it is not just teens and young adults who are at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, but older residents are also testing positive more often for a STD at an alarming rate. While the great number of senior citizen testing positive for a STI is due to their staying healthy and sexually active longer, it is also a clear indicator that it is important for all residents to get tested for all of the transmittable diseases on a regular basis.
Some of the statistics that are causing health officials and city leaders growing concern include;
- In 2014 the majority of all Syphilis diagnoses were in Caucasian men over 45 years of age.
- From 2005 to 2014 the rate of Gonorrhea infections nearly double in men from slightly under 50 cases per 100,000 residents to an estimated 100 incidents per 100,000 residents.
- While Chlamydia diagnoses did decrease slightly from 2012 to 2014 the rate of infection in women is still over 400 cases per 100,000 residents.
- African American men are two times as likely to contract Gonorrhea as Caucasian males in 2014.
One of the most effective methods at stopping the spread of STDs is to have a comprehensive sexual education program in place in the public schools, and Moreno Valley meets all of the state’s requirements. The city does offer sexual education classes in the public schools, and while students can opt out with parental permission the majority of teens are enrolled in the program.
While some information is “glossed” over, the majority of the facts concerning sexual health and diseases are effectively covered. This comprehensive sexual education program is also being credited with helping to lower the number of teen pregnancies, along with some STD rates.
When students and their parents understand the risks and dangers associated with engaging in unprotected sex and STDs, their chances of becoming infected drop substantially. Even when residents practice safe sex or abstain altogether it is still possible to contract an STI, which is why it is important to remember to get tested regularly.
Regular Herpes testing in Moreno Valley can prevent the spread of this highly contagious sexually transmitted infection, and it can even help stop future embarrassing flare-ups. Regular HIV testing in Moreno Valley is also important to your continue good health, and it could potentially help save your life and that of someone you love.
Located in Riverside County and considered a part of the San Bernardino-Los Angeles metro area, Moreno Valley has a diverse demographical makeup that is contributing to the city’s high STD rate.
The sharp line between wealthy and low income residents is one of the reasons the STD rates are increasing, along with cultural and religious beliefs. Many of the area’s wealthier residents are ashamed to be seen getting tested for an STD, and this also holds true for many men who mistakenly believe that a sexually transmitted infection would never happened to them.
Lower income neighborhoods are dealing with a shortage of community health centers, which can make it difficult for residents to get the treatment they need. Lower income families often find it difficult to pay for regular testing, even though it should be a normal part of a routine health checkup.
The diverse cultural makeup of the area is making it difficult for health officials to stress the importance of regular STD testing, with language barriers and a deep mistrust of government officials getting in their way. Religious convictions that promote abstinence can also make it difficult for teens and even some adults to admit that they are sexually active and might need to be tested for an STD.
As long as residents are worried about their reputations or simply do not feel like they are not putting themselves at risk don’t get tested regularly, the city can expect to continue to see higher than average STD rates.
Take a few minutes before heading into Hollywood for some shopping and sightseeing to take care of your sexual health. The number of reported STDs is rising each year and it is important that you get tested regularly. There are several community health centers located in the area, but there is also a way you can avoid the long lines and potential risk of running into a familiar face with one quick and easy phone call to schedule confidential STD testing. It only takes 20 minutes or so at the local lab for the simple test, which still gives you plenty of time to enjoy your day.