Just like thousands of other locations around the continental United States, the city is experiencing an STD epidemic that is continuing to rise each and every year. Overall, the city, county, and entire state are all at a risk for further spreading of sexual transmitted diseases.
In 2013, the Center for disease control and prevention, CDC, releases annual report outlining the number of STDs among young people between the ages of 15 and 24 than the state of Indiana. This report broke down the state in regards to the counties that make up the state and provided further insight regarding specific sexually transmitted diseases.
Overall, this report provided accurate rates specific STDs with a population sample size of 100,000 people. According to this report:
- Delaware County had an average rate of Chlamydia between 1000 and 3000.
- Delaware County had a below average rate of gonorrhea, less than or equal to 300.
- Delaware County had an average less than or equal to 2.2 cases of primary and secondary syphilis.
This report also broke down the statewide average and compared to the national average, revealing some interesting insights. In regards to chlamydia, Indiana had a slightly lower rate than the United States, having 2137.4 while the US average was 2160.2. However, Indiana surpassed the national average rate in gonorrhea and syphilis. This report revealed that Indiana had a rate of 458.1 four gonorrhea and a rate of 8.44 syphilis. On the other hand, the United States average at an average of 421.34 gonorrhea and 10.34 syphilis.
Even more recently, the Center for disease control released its 2015 report outlining Indiana’s health profile. Inside, readers found some alarming facts. This report revealed that between 2009 and 2013, the number of syphilis cases had risen. This report also ranked the state of Indiana 31st in regards to the rate of syphilis. However, the state was ranked 16th for gonorrhea infections and 24th for Chlamydia infections.
The local government and community offer a number of resources and public services towards the general public in the hopes of educating and preventing the spread of sexual transmitted diseases. Within the local educational system, students learn about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases once they are in high school. Additionally, there are a number of websites and articles on county and government websites that can allow you to learn more about these issues for free. If you request, you can receive a physical copy of a number of brochures and pamphlets that address the risks and the rising rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Also, the city does offer free STD testing for its residents at a number of locations throughout the city.
Interestingly enough, within the 2015 state health profile of Indiana, the CDC revealed that a considerable amount of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases stemmed from individuals to the ages of 15 to 19 and 20 through 24.
Not only did this statistic alarm community members, it also became a focal point for many public officials. Many felt that more needed to be done in order to educate this target audience. The community as a whole and its public officials feel that a public awareness campaign is a necessity and increasing STD awareness and public schools is a must. Furthermore, there are discussions about discussing sexual transmitted diseases and sexual health overall to students at a younger age.
According to the 2010 United States census, the city consists of 89.1% Caucasians, 6.9% African-Americans, 1% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific island or and 0.6% from other races. Surprisingly enough, reports reveal that women are at a much higher rate for contracting gonorrhea and syphilis than males.
By targeting those who are the largest contributors to STDs and most at risk, the government, health department, public officials, and community hopes that the number of substituted diseases start to decline. However, although the city is being proactive about the widespread issue of STDs, Muncie remains at risk due to the fact that many of its residents are college students who travel large distances. Additionally, the neighboring counties and states have aggressive STD rates, making this a harder situation to handle.
It is a wonderful city that provides extensive opportunities of growth in various forms for its community. The city also offers a number of unique opportunities that one can enjoy themselves while partaking in. However, with all this opportunity within the city, it’s vitally important for your wellbeing to keep a close eye on your overall sexual health by frequently undergoing an STD test. The city is aware of the STD epidemic happening throughout the continental United States, and is taking measures to prevent the further spread and help reduce rates. By targeting Caucasian women between the ages of 15-24, and providing additional information, resources, and safe-sex strategies, the city as a whole hopes this will take a major cut in the rising STD cases.
The city offers a number of free locations where you can take a free STD test and there are a number of private clinics and health centers that provide increased confidentiality and expedited test results (usually within one hour of taking the test).
Regardless of where you take your STD test, it’s important that you frequently undergo them. Doing so will help keep you healthy and aware, while reducing the number of sexually transmitted disease cases throughout the nation.