Compiled by the CDC and Washington State Health Department, the recently released statistics are showing an alarming trend in who is most at risk.
When all of these statistics are combined it shows that the county and city are dealing with a problem that is putting everyone’s health at risk. Health officials also expect this trend to continue.
Some of the statistics released during the first 4 months of 2016 include,
- In 2015 there were 2,052 Chlamydia incidents reported.
- By the end of the first four month period in 2016 there were 148 cases of Syphilis reported in the county.
- In 2014 there were 51 cases of HIV reported, compared to 60 in 2015.
Currently the public school districts use the FLASH program which focuses on the benefits of abstinence, with a little information on HIV/AIDS included in the classes.
Parents have the right to approve or disapprove any of the information included in the programs, and can withdraw their children at any time without penalties. This means that some students are graduating not even aware of the threat HIV/AIDS can present.
The use of condoms and other forms of contraception are not discussed, even though the teen pregnancy rate is also rising at an alarming rate. Even though it is obvious in some cases that teens are sexually active, parents and school officials are still reluctant to change or update the information being taught in the classroom.
This means that many students do not get regular HIV testing in Renton is, especially with the number of new incidents rising each year. Regular Herpes testing in Renton is also important.
With many residents simply choosing to put off this important health checkup, it is easy to see why STD rates are rising.
A recent change to insurance plans is making it difficult for some residents to afford regular testing. Medicare is no longer legally allowed to cover the cost of the simple procedure, even though it is an important part of staying healthy.
The city of Renton is also not part of the program being tried out in Seattle, where partners of those who test positive for a STD can receive antibiotics anonymously. This program is being credited with helping to significantly lower the number of cases of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea reported in Seattle each year.
The biggest reason for the high STI rates remains the lack of information available to the public. Teens and young adults often do not realize that their behavior is putting them at risk. Since STDs can be spread through a variety of methods, this is also increasing other residents chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
Thinking about a trip to Lake Washington? Swing by an STI clinic on your way. You can remain anonymous, unlike at the HIV clinic, and you’ll get your results in a discreet manner. It is affordable, and more reliable than mobile testing. Spend a minute today and get tested.