It’s the most populous city in the state and an important central hub for business and commerce. With such a large population in a condensed area, it is no wonder it’s the city with the highest rates of STDs in the state. However, the statistics have long been considered worrisome because of the high rates of certain STDs among its citizens. For Chlamydia, it has been ranked number one in the nation for several years in a row.
However, other STDs such as HIV, syphilis, and herpes are also commonly diagnosed in the area. In fact Chlamydia is by far and away the most common STD among residents. In 2015, the most recent year on record, there were 3,507 cases of Chlamydia in Douglas County, which equates to 637.6 cases per 100,000 people.
- Ranked #1 in the United States for Chlamydia cases.
- Higher than average rankings for other STDs as well.
- 3,507 cases of Chlamydia in Douglas County in 2015.
- Chlamydia cases steadily increased from 2001-201.
- 6 Chlamydia cases per 100,000 in Douglas County.
Of course, Chlamydia is not the only STD that is diagnosed in the area. Gonorrhea is another diagnosis that occurs at great frequency. In fact, compared to state and national averages, the city has more cases of Gonorrhea per capita than most metropolitan areas. In 2014, 176.9 cases of Gonorrhea per 100,000 people were reported in the Douglas County area. This is significantly higher than the national average of about 110.7 per 100,000 and the state average of about 78.1 per 100,000.
When it comes to HIV the city has higher rates as well. In 2014, 12 of 100,000 people in Douglas County were newly diagnosed with HIV. And in 2013, 248 of every 100,000 people were living with HIV in Douglas County. While this is high for the state’s rates, nationally the city is not significantly above average in terms of HIV cases, either new or not.
Students do receive sexual education as a part of their health classes in middle and high school and are taught about sexually transmitted diseases. Access to further resources and educational materials are available at Free STD Testing Clinics as well as through school nurse’s offices and counseling centers.
Herpes is an STD that is not routinely screened for in a routine STD screening. However, if a person has symptoms or believes they have been exposed to the virus, there are tests available. During an active outbreak a swab sample can be taken or a blood draw can be performed to test for the viral antibodies in the body.
HIV testing is done through a simple blood test. Results can be ready almost immediately in most cases. This is a quick and easy test to have done and is a routine screening performed in Omaha.
Finally and to the point, it is vital that you take the time to go and get an STD Test on a regular basis if you are sexually active. Your health is important and if you do have an STD it is better to know and get treatment to resolve it or to manage it than allow it to go untreated.