In a year when the state of California has been reporting record high STD rates, another county has released their annual report. Nevada County, located just northwest of the state capital, is reporting their rise in STD cases. While the overall numbers in Nevada County remain below the state average, health officials in the area have claimed that the rate of which STDs, such as chlamydia and syphilis, are rising in the county far exceeds that of other counties in California.
Dr. Ken Cutler, the Nevada County Public Health Officer, notes, “We are clearly moving in the wrong direction. In 2012 we received 13 reports of gonorrhea, last year about 60.”
The reasons for the increase in STDs locally, statewide, and nationally has been an area of intense study and some speculation among health officials. Possibilities include the decrease in fear of HIV infections, the increased use of social dating apps for sexual activity, and the closure nationally of many STD clinics. In some places, an increase in testing could also be contributing to more identification of infections.
The Nevada County Public Health Department is urging all sexually active citizens to use protection when engaging in sexual activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of latex condoms to help deter the spread of STDs and HIV. Health officials have also urged that anyone who has engaged in sex recently should be tested for STDs.
Many times when a person is infected with an STD they will not show any obvious signs or symptoms. This can cause a person to go without treatment. Even when no signs or symptoms are present, you can spread the infection to your sexual partners. For this reason, STD testing is a key element in the fight to stop the growing number of STD cases through California and the nation.
Many STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, can be cured with the use of antibiotics. Treatment can not be issued without a proper diagnosis. There are many options for STD testing in California to help you learn the current status of your sexual health.