It is the largest 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 that it is 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.
- The city 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 than the rest of the state of 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.
Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections
Of course, the cases of Chlamydia and other STDs cited previously are only those cases that were discovered during the STD testing process. Luckily, the number of STD clinic visits per year have been on the increase in the city as well.
In 2015, 3,885 visits were paid to STD clinics in Douglas County. The average was about 324 per month in the county as a whole. While the fact that this number has increased a great deal over the past several years, it is important to keep those numbers increasing so men and women can get and stay as healthy as possible.
Better Sexual Health
If you look back to 15 or even 10 years ago, the numbers regarding STD testing and STD rates would look quite a bit different. In 2001 in Douglas County, there were only 2,002 visits paid to STD clinics, for example. The rates of Chlamydia in 2001 were starkly different as well. In the year 2001 in Douglas County, there were 1,730 cases of Chlamydia compared to the 2015 numbers of 3,507. Additionally, some of the other comparisons of STD rates from 2001 to 2015 include:
- Cases of Gonorrhea increased from 923 to 1,081.
- Cases of Syphilis increased from only 3 to 28.
- Cases of Herpes dropped from 402 to 271.
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.
Better Sexual Health
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. It is understandable if you don’t want to wait in the long lines at the STI clinics, and now there is a faster and easier option. With one simple phone call you can schedule confidential STD testing and only spend a few minutes at a local lab. You will feel better once you take control of your health, and you’ll still have time to explore the city.