One area in Tennessee is seeing a higher rise in STD cases than any other part of the state. Montgomery County has seen an increase in reports of chlamydia and gonorrhea. The Tennessee Department of Health further reports that area has had a lower number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV. Still, curable STDs continue to spread throughout the county.
Montgomery County has a large military population due to its proximity to Fort Campbell. Dr. Tim Jones of the Department of Health claims, “Anytime when there’s a large military community there are also populations that move around a lot, and may have higher risk sexual behavior so that’s on potential to the higher rates in Montgomery county.”
The area also has one of the youngest populations in the state. The majority of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases found in the county are reported in teenagers and young adults. This follows the national trend which sees young people being diagnosed with more and more STDs.
Both chlamydia and gonorrhea are common STDs in the United States. Often, these two infections can occur simultaneously. Both infections can cause similar symptoms, including a genital discharge or a burning sensation with urination. Symptoms are not always present with infection but both chlamydia and gonorrhea can still be transmitted to your sexual partner even if there are no symptoms. Both are curable with antibiotics.
If you are engaging in sexual activity, you should use protection such as latex condoms. Using this kind of protection can greatly lower your risk of spreading or contracting an STD. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex so protection should be used during any sexual activity.
Health officials in Tennessee are urging all sexually active people to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. There are many convenient and affordable options for STD testing in Tennessee. Testing can be the best way to learn the current status of your sexual health.