When people receive STD testing, whether it be at a private physician or clinic, hospital or STD testing center, certain information is recorded and sent in to the Center for Disease Control. There is no need to be concerned about your privacy being violated because no information that could identify a person individually is shared. The laws protecting client confidentiality are strict and your medical information is safe. Only the age, ethnicity, income level, area of residence and gender are recorded. This is in order for staff at the CDC to analyze the data to find out more about STD rates and epidemics nationwide. The results of the data for this area show the rates of STD infection for certain types per 100,000 in population and are listed as follows:
- Chlamydia- 459.9
- Gonorrhea- 118.5
- Syphilis (Primary and Secondary)- 10.0
The state ranks number fifteen for having the highest Gonorrhea rates and this is compared with all other states in the union. Men have slightly higher incidences over women. Men who have male to male sex are at significant risk of having multiple diagnoses of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia and other STD types according to the rising trends and patterns. Chlamydia is most common in females and the statistics show that they have more than twice the rate of infection when compared with men. Incidences of Syphilis (all types) are on the rise as well. A review of the reports generated over the past decade show that there is a steady rise across the board of all STD types in this city.
The statistics show rates which are based upon the number of people who have been tested for STD infections. It does not, however, take into account the scores of people who are at risk for these diseases. Professionals in health departments and the Center for Disease Control believe that if and when more people who are in these groups get tested, the numbers would go up and reflect an explosive rise in the rates. Testing is currently lower than what it should be because of the high number of people in the region who are not aware that they are in high risk groups. Some of them may be aware, but lack the resources to obtain quality health care for testing and or treatment.
Poverty is believed to be one of the greatest obstacles to vanquishing the STD epidemic. There are dense concentrations of households in the communities of this city which are at or below the poverty line. Several factors combine to keep them from the much needed testing. Lack of information about their health risks and the available resources is perhaps a larger issue than financial resources. Many people with few resources find it necessary to drop out of school and may miss out on the free sex education courses provided which would arm them with information about sexual health.
The current information shows a consistent trend that helps health departments in determining risk factors for the area. This is where the information that is collected is so vital. It shows clearly that Black people have the highest rates for all types of STDs with those in the 20 to 24 age group coming in highest for all ethnicities and genders for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Syphilis is most common in males of the 25 to 29 group. Anyone who has unprotected sex has the potential for getting an STD and may rightly consider themselves to be in an at risk category. This risk is increased when they are sexually active with multiple partners.
People who are married or with a partner in a monogamous relationship are at the lowest risk for getting an STD. Anyone who has casual sex or who is having sex with multiple partners or a partner who is not monogamous is placing themselves in a dangerous position for becoming infected. STDs happen to people of all ages, genders, financial classes and ethnicities. If you suspect that you may be infected, you should get STD testing. Even if you don’t have symptoms you should still take the precaution because not all of these diseases will provide symptoms in the early stages. It is best to find out and get treatment early because if you don’t, your sexual health is in danger. It is easy to order the testing and it doesn’t take very long to stop by a local lab to finish the process. Private and confidential services are waiting for you and you’ll be treated with respect and professionalism when you make your brief visit to the testing center. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take care of your health.