The three most common STDs continue to be chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Berks County reported a disease prevalence rate of 451.1 cases for chlamydia out of every 100,000 residents in 2017. This meant there were a total of 1,885 cases of chlamydia reported across the county within a one year period.
The county ranked 7th overall in the state for chlamydia prevalence; however, it was only at the 12th ranking for gonorrhea. Gonorrhea disease prevalence in Berks County in 2017 reached 314 cases per 100,000 residents.
The population most at risk continues to be younger sexually active persons, under the age of 30.
Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding sexuality and sexual health aid in these diseases continuing to spread because people don’t have as many open discussions with intimate partners and seek out regular testing like they should for optimum health and well-being.
Routine testing should become a regular component of health care. There are multiple testing site options in the city of Reading. Co-County Wellness Services can be found on Walnut Street, Planned Parenthood Keystone is located on South 4th Street, and Reading Hospital and Medical Center offers testing services on 6th Avenue and Spruce Street.
If financial obligations are a concern there is free STD testing. Doctors may not always be on call, but you are taking a step to protect your sexual health.