STD rates have been on the rise throughout the United States. Over the past week, reports from New York City have shown a significant rise among the city’s population as well. Certain STDs have seen a spike in reports over the past year. These include chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.
“The increase in rates of sexually transmitted infections is a disturbing national trend that has had a widespread impact on this city,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said.
The most recent reports in New York City show that men are being affected the most by the STD rise. City health departments have claimed that 94% of all syphilis cases reported are among men and over 75% of all gonorrhea cases reported are among men. Between 2015 and 2016, syphilis rates rose an astonishing 27%, gonorrhea rose 18% and chlamydia cases had risen by 6% city-wide. Women continue to have a higher rate of chlamydia over men.
These new reports of helped the city to gain support and budget to create a new campaign to build awareness among citizens and tourists alike. The campaign is called “Bare It All” and will be print marketing featured throughout the city’s bus shelters, subways and social media. The emphasis of the campaign is to push New Yorkers and visitors to talk openly about the sexual health with partners, doctors and to test regularly. This is also one of the first New York City campaigns to have a focus on the LGBTQ community.
The best ways to help deter the spread of STDS in New York City or any other U.S. city are to have open conversations with health professionals and your sexual partners about your sexual history. It is also important to ask questions form these people in order to protect your own sexual health.
Often, the best way to know the current status of your sexual health is to have STD testing performed. STD testing in New York City can be fast, affordable and convenient. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all sexually active people be tested at least once in their life for STDs and HIV. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STD, you should seek out medical care right away.