The CDC and Oakland County Health Department recently released statistics that indicate the number of STDs reported annually is rising, and has been for the past two decades.
Chlamydia rates are rising in men and women, especially those under the age of 25. While women are almost three times as likely to contract this sexually transmitted disease, the number of men infected is steadily rising. The same is also true regarding Gonorrhea, and as of 2015 the rates were significantly higher in men.
Overall the statistics for the city and county show that men are among those with the greatest risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
The recent data does show some good news for the area. The numbers for all types of Syphilis incidents are slowly decreasing. This does bring a little relief for men since they were statistically the most at risk. This does not mean that this STD is under control, especially since the rates for primary and secondary Syphilis are still slightly about state averages.
Unfortunately the same is not true for HIV/AIDS since the number of new cases diagnosed is rising. This potentially deadly virus is not just affecting teens, older adults are testing positive with alarming frequency. African American men are among those with the highest risk for contracting HIV/AIDS.
Some of the other statistics that highlight the growing STD problem in the city include,
- In 2001 the Chlamydia rate was reported at 311.2, compared to 480.7 in 2015.
- From 2014 to 2015 the Gonorrhea rate for men rose from 93.1 to 107.0.
- The primary and secondary Syphilis rate for the county in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000, compared to the state’s at 3.0.
According to current state law public schools are not required to provide students with comprehensive sex education. As mandated by federal law all public school districts must provide medically accurate information on all communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS. They do not have to mention contraceptives, and the material used should be abstinence based.
This is leaving most teens and young adults ill-equipped to deal with the risks and responsibilities associated with being sexually active.
As state lawmakers push to keep sex education abstinence based, the STD and teen pregnancy rates continue to increase. Even recent polls show that the majority of graduating high school seniors has engaged in intercourse at least once, and this is a strong indicator that the current curriculum might not be effective.
Since the importance of always using condoms and other types of contraceptives are not covered, most students aren’t aware that this is one of the best ways to prevent STDs and unplanned pregnancies if they are going to be sexually active. In some sex education classes teens are taught that condoms are ineffective, and this is one of the reasons infections rates are increasing in teens and young adults.
Regular Herpes testing in Troy will help prevent the spread of this sexually transmitted infection, and the simple procedure only takes a few minutes. Regular HIV testing in Troy is critical for everyone’s health, regardless of age or sexual activity. It is also the only way to positively detect the disease, and the relatively painless test could potentially save your life.
It’s hard to identify just one demographical factor that is responsible for the rising STD rates. The suburb is part of the Detroit metro area, and has become one of the premier business and shopping destinations in this region. While this has benefitted the local economy, the steady stream of visitors is putting residents’ sexual health at risk. With more people potentially unknowingly positive for a sexually transmitted disease, it is even easier for residents to contract one.
The city and the rest of the metro area are just now recovering from recent economic setbacks that resulted in large budget cuts to education and health care. Many of the community health centers have been forced to close their doors, and this is making it difficult for residents to find a convenient place to be tested. Lower income residents are finding it particularly hard to take care of their sexual health now that STD testing is no longer covered under Medicaid.
What is perhaps the largest contributing factor is the lack of comprehensive sex education. The majority of high school students do not know how to protect themselves from STDs, even though studies show that they are sexually active. Until this and other issues are resolved, this historic city can expect to continue to see its STD rates rise.
This city might currently be one of the “best places to live” but if residents don’t start taking care of their sexual health this will soon change. The number of STD incidents reported each year is rising across all demographics. This means that it is important for everyone to get tested on a regular basis. If you don’t have time to wait in the long lines at the community clinics there is a faster and easier way for you to take care of your sexual health. With one simple phone call you can schedule confidential STD testing and only spend a few minutes at a local lab.