Located in San Bernardino County the small city of Rancho Cucamonga is currently seeing a slight rise in the percentage of sexually transmitted diseases reported each year, and the statistics show that this trend has been ongoing for several years.
Over the last twenty years the number of residents who tested positive for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and even primary and secondary Syphilis has been on the rise, though some officials have pointed out that some sexually transmitted infections are starting to decline.
While the number of women who test positive for Chlamydia might be decreasing, the statistics still show that the percentage for the area is still higher than the state average. The number of men who were diagnosed with Syphilis is also on the rise, and this is especially concerning for health officials who previously though the disease was under control.
The data also shows that African American men and women have the greatest risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and this also includes HIV/AIDS. It also seems that teens and young adults are the most at risk, which shows more needs to be done to educate residents about the dangers associated with not getting tested regularly.
Some recent statistics that has health officials concerned include,
- In 2005 the number of men who tested positive for Syphilis was in the single digits and had risen to slightly over twenty diagnose in 2014.
- It was estimated that over 4,000 women between the ages of 20 to 24 were diagnosed with Chlamydia in 2014.
- 2014 saw the number of men diagnosed with Gonorrhea rise significantly above women to almost catch up with the state average/
In response to the growing number of residents who are testing positive for sexually transmitted diseases the state lawmakers have now made it mandatory for all public schools to offer comprehensive programs that cover safe sex and how STDs are spread.
Statistics do indicate that students who receive sexual education classes in school are less likely to contract a STD or become pregnant, and this can also transfer over to adults. While many parents are uncomfortable discussing sex with their children, when it is learned in school the information often makes it back into the home.
Students can still opt out of these programs and this is causing the STD rates to stay the same, or in some cases rise. Without the necessary information many teens and their parents do not realize how easy it is to contract a sexually transmitted infection. Not all are spread through penetration some can actually be passed simply through casual contact. This is why regular Herpes testing in Rancho Cucamonga is so important.
Regular HIV testing in Rancho Cucamonga is also critical for good health since there are several ways the virus can be spread. The simple procedure is quick and relatively painless, and it could potentially help save your life.
While the city does have a relatively small population, it is located close to L.A. which is contributing to the high rate of STDs. With residents choosing to go to the star studded city for entertainment their risk of contracting and bringing back a sexually transmitted disease continues to increase.
Not only are many residents bringing STDs back from the city, the diverse population is also contributing to the problem. Many health officials run into a language barrier in the Hispanic communities, along with a fear of government employees. This fear leads many residents to simply avoid health officials and the information that they bring.
The city is considered affluent which is beneficial for residents’ quality of living, but it can also make it difficult for anyone to recognize that there is a problem. The general feeling that nothing bad could ever happen to them has lead many people to put off this important step in taking care of their sexual health.
Other demographical factors that are contributing to the steady rise in STIs include age and strong conservative values. With residents staying sexually active well into their “golden years” the likelihood that they will contract a STD significantly increases. Many of these residents also do not realize that they are at risk, and most don’t receive the testing that they need.
Strong conservative values are also making it difficult to teens and young adults to discuss any problems or concerns they might have. This can lead to reluctance to be seen at a clinic getting tested. Many choose to ignore any problems which lead to more residents getting infected.
Before taking a hike in the mountains or heading into L.A. for some excitement, it is important to stop in at one of the clinics located in the area. If you want to avoid the long lines that are common or the risk of running into a familiar face, you can choose to schedule confidential STD testing. All it takes is one simple phone call and 20 minutes or so of your time and you can quickly and easily take care of your sexual health. It only takes a few minutes and you will still have plenty of time to catch the sun setting behind the San Gabriel Mountains.