Although the city may offer a wide array of fun activities and a tight knitted family orientation, it continues to contribute towards the increasing number of sexual transmitted disease cases reported each and every year. Truth be told the area isn’t the largest contributor towards the state’s alarming STD epidemic, but the number of cases coming from the city are continuing to grow each and every year.
According to the Montgomery County health website, chlamydia has skyrocketed over the past few years. Further:
- In 2009, 1,915 cases of chlamydia were reported
- In 2009, 301 cases of gonorrhea cases were reported
- 20 cases of syphilis were reported
- A total of 369 HIV cases were reported in 2008
- From 2005 to 2008, the number of chlamydia cases more than doubled.
Further, the Center of disease control also reported on this issue, providing insight into the STD epidemic within the city and county. According to the 2013 report, with 100,000 population sample size the Montgomery county had an average of 1,000-3,000 chlamydia cases, 300-600 gonorrhea cases, and 2.2-10 Primary and Secondary syphilis cases.
Overall, when comparing these rates to the US national average, the state has a higher STD rate for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Although the city may contradict this statistic, it’s at risk due to the fact that its neighboring counties have high reports of annual STD cases.
When comparing these stats to the national average, the city ranks lower in its rate of STDs. However, this does not excuse Rockville from this rising epidemic. The city could be doing more to help further prevent sexual transmitted disease cases and educate its residents on the importance of STD awareness, safe sex practices, and the available resources available to the general public.
Sexually-transmitted diseases have been around for a number of years and don’t appear to be going anywhere. Rather, the general trend of sexually-transmitted diseases is increasing across the board. The city is well aware of the issue and have taken proper precautions in order to help with this issue.
Recently the city has focused his efforts on educating individuals within the community on the severity of sexual transmitted diseases and how they can negatively impact your life. Those who are interested on the topic can find a wide array of online resources, in person pamphlets and booklets, or can even receive free STD testing at their convenience in a number of locations.
The most susceptible age group for contracting chlamydia is between the ages of 15-24. Beyond this, the health department reports that individuals under the age of 25 are the most at risk for contracting gonorrhea. Community members feel that this statistic alone is alarming and that more should be done towards educating the younger population within the community.
Community members have spoken up about increasing sexual health education in the public education system. Further, many individuals feel that sexual health is a topic that should be discussed much younger than it currently is. Community leaders have additionally set forth to address this issue, outlining a public outreach campaign to raise awareness, promote safe sex strategies, and informing the parents about the alarming issue at hand.
The community prides itself on the wide number of unique individuals that make up the population of the city. The city is filled with individuals with diverse backgrounds, different ages, unique races, and dissimilar heritages. However, the 2010 Montgomery County health report shows that African-American women are the most susceptible for contracting chlamydia. Since 1998, this is been the trend and the number of cases continues to rise drastically each and every year.
Similarly to chlamydia, the most susceptible individuals for contracting gonorrhea are African-Americans under the age of 25. In regards to HIV, African-Americans have a higher risk of being affected by this epidemic. Women accounted for a total of 41% of all HIV infections of the year 2008, and the Montgomery County is closely following the national trend of heightened risks for those who aren’t white.
Even more recently, the Montgomery health department has really statistics specifically for the years 2009 to 2014. Heard the 100,000 population sample, the county is experiencing a sharp increase. In 2009, a total of 190.2 cases were reported of chlamydia. Fast forward a few years and in 2014, a total of 266.1 cases were reported.
The overall trend is showing a positive direction which is both serious and alarming. More can be done to educate and provide assistance to those who are most severely affected in the city.
The city prides itself on having a close knit community and a diverse number of activities that you can participate in. However, after looking at the rising number of annual STD cases, it’s clear that sexual education is not highest at the list of important items. Many within the community speculate that more can be done within the public education system and sexual education should be taught at a much younger age seeing as this age bracket is most severely affected.
There is a way you can take responsibility for your sexual health. With one simple phone call you can schedule confidential STD testing and only spend a few minutes in the privacy of a local lab.