Even though the city is home to many of the “tech geniuses” in Silicon Valley this is still not enough to protect residents from sexually transmitted diseases. The best high tech devices are not capable of stopping these viruses from infecting residents whether they are sexually active or not. Only with education and regular testing will residents in the city be able to protect themselves from STDs.
According to the statistics recently released by the San Mateo County health department and CDC not enough residents are taking the threat of sexually transmitted diseases seriously. Many still labor under the misconception that if they are only sexually active with one person their chances of contracting a STD are extremely rare.
Unfortunately this is not true and judging by the latest statistics it might be one of the reasons STD rates have been rising in the city and county for the past twenty years. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates have risen in men and women, especially in the last two to three years.
African American and Hispanics are among those most affected by rising STD rates, though more Caucasian men are testing positive for primary, secondary and early latent Syphilis more often since 2011. Some of the other statistics that highlight the growing health problem in the area include,
- Between 2011 and 2014 primary and secondary Syphilis incidents doubled in men.
- Men ages 25 to 29 have a higher risk for contracting Syphilis than others.
- Native Americans are testing positive more often for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea than Caucasian men and women.
The 2015-2016 school year saw the start of the new sex education program that now includes information that is relevant to modern teens. Along with the previously required classes that dealt with the spread and prevention of HIV/AIDS the new program also includes information on the other STDs.
While abstinence is still encouraged, at least until students are older, they are now receiving the information they need to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. Since these classes address the problems and concerns that today’s teenagers have health and school officials are hopeful that they will soon start to see an improvement in the area’s STD rate.
Already some public school officials are reporting a decrease in the number of students who are pregnant, and this is mainly being attributed to the increased awareness about the proper use of contraceptives. Health officials are also hopeful that this, along with regular testing will help prevent the spread of these diseases among teens and young adults.
The most important information now being taught is the importance of regular HIV testing in San Mateo. Not only is this the only way to detect the disease, it is also the first step in treating its potentially deadly side effects. Regular Herpes testing in San Mateo is also taught, along with the fact that it is one of the most effective methods at preventing the spread of the virus.
Since the city is considered a part of Silicon Valley economics rarely factor into the area’s high STD rate. This is not to say that there aren’t some residents who are finding it difficult to afford health care and regular testing, but the majority are financially stable.
The lack of regular testing is primarily due to the simple fact that most residents do not feel like they are at risk. Even those who understand that sexually transmitted diseases can be spread by a variety of methods still do not feel like they need to schedule STD testing.
With the start of the new education classes in the public school system, health officials are hopeful that this attitude will begin to change soon. Not only is it important for your health to get tested at least a couple times a year, but also for those around you. Since not all STDs display immediate signs and symptoms it is easy to infect others without even realizing it.
There are a large number of visitors to the area, and while they may be primarily spending time at the tech centers this doesn’t mean that they don’t come into contact with residents. Since some STDs can be easily spread without sexual activity this is putting residents health at risk. Many of these visitors are not aware of the dangers of STDs and have never been tested. If they do not know if they have a sexually transmitted disease, it is also impossible for you to know.
Before trying out the latest gadget from Silicon Valley or heading over to San Francisco Bay it is important to stop and get tested for STDs before starting your busy day. If the long lines at the clinics are the reason you have been putting off this important checkup, there is now a faster and easier way for you to be tested. With one phone call you can schedule confidential STD testing and only spend a few minutes at a nearby lab. This way you can take care of your sexual health and still have plenty of time to enjoy everything this city has to offer.