One of the major concerns for the people who live in this city is the rampant spread of STD infections. Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Herpes and Gonorrhea cases are rising. STD clinics offer private and confidential testing as well as free testing centers for people with low income status. STD testing is easy to private and easy to order. After your order is placed, you’ll just need to finish up with a visit to a nearby testing lab. The process generally takes from fifteen to twenty minutes to complete. All client information that could possibly identify you is kept private so there is no need to worry about breaches in confidentiality.
Whenever someone gets tested for an STD, the health care providers forward some of the demographic information to the health department. The health department only requires general information that can be used to monitor the health of the area and to generate annual reports that reflect current STD rates. This is done for many different health issues among the population including cancer rates, cardiac issues, live births, deaths and other data that falls under the classification of vital statistics.
The following table shows the results for this region based upon positive results per 100,000 in population.
- Chlamydia- 459.9
- Gonorrhea- 118.5
- Syphilis (all stages)- 29.8
The infection rates for this part of the country land within the top 22 or higher for Chlamydia, Syphilis and Gonorrhea. There is obvious concern because of the high numbers and the constant upward trends which have been identified by comparing current statistics with previous years. There is a trend in increasing rates for teenagers over past years. Chlamydia is the most prolific STD followed by Gonorrhea, then Syphilis, all stages. It has been found that women are diagnosed with Chlamydia twice as often as males and that men who have male to male sex have the highest incidences of multiple STD infections at one time.
African Americans show the highest rates for all STDs with regard to ethnicity stats. They are followed by Alaskan Natives/American Indians, Hispanics, Whites, Asians and unknown ethnic status. The reason that this data is important is that it helps to identify which specific groups of persons are at the highest risk so educational campaigns can help to target them for education and health based assistance programs.
The makeup of a community is correlated as a factor on the number of STD tests which are administered in a particular region. There is a tendency for regions with high poverty levels to have lower numbers of tests performed. In most instances, there are severe financial limitations so people who live at or below the povery level cannot afford to pay the cost of testing fees or for treatment. The next factor is a lack of information. Although there are currently resources available for people from all walks of life, not everyone knows about them or how to get them.
Local and government officials are making their best efforts to get the word out about STD risks, resources and how to prevent them. Classes are provided in public schools, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, public service announcements and community sponsored forums are a part of the current strategy to reach the population.
Public schools provide their students with sexual health education classes that inform them about the dangers of unprotected sex, how to have safe sex and the signs and symptoms of pregnancy and STD infection. Students who complete these classes know where they need to go to get HIV or Herpes testing. It is believed that this will help to lessen the STD rates in the future, but they are currently above acceptable levels. While these efforts are necessary and helpful, they are not reaching enough people to make a verifiable difference. Instead of rates decreasing, they are still on the rise in this particular area.
The only reasonable solution that will help to curb the rising STD numbers is for more people to become involved in solving the problem. Jumping on the bandwagon to help spread the word about the importance of safe sex practices is everybody’s business. Even if you are an avid practitioner of safe sex all it takes is an unfaithful partner to put you at risk. If everyone who was at any degree of risk for STD infection would get tested, there would be much less accidental spread of these diseases. Parents must be diligent in ensuring that their children understand the dangers of unprotected sex whether they are receiving sex ed in the schools or not. This can help to protect their sexual health for the rest of their lives.
Getting STD testing is not difficult at all. Ordering your testing is easy. All it takes after ordering is a simple follow up visit to a testing lab. Professional technicians assist you in this process and can answer any questions that you may have. It only takes around fifteen or twenty minutes at the most to get this done. Your testing results will arrive shortly and you will know for certain. There is great peace of mind in knowing that your results are negative. If they are positive, you can get the treatment that is needed to ensure the best possible health.