AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin currently ranks 56th among the top 100 U.S. cities. UU. With the highest rates of STDs, according to the medical and wellness testing company Innerbody.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published its Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, which included new data on the number of STDs in the US metropolitan areas. UU.
According to the data, Innerbody says that Austin has 1,006 cases of STDs per 100,000 residents. The breakdown of these numbers by the ETS is:
- HIV – 221 cases
- Chlamydia – 8,946 cases
- Gonorrhea – 3,306 cases
- Syphilis – 310 cases
The CDC reports that more than 2.4 million cases of STDs were reported in the US. UU. In 2018, but these numbers do not reflect thousands of people who do not know they have an STD. Many STDs, the CDC says, show no obvious symptoms. Among such diseases are chlamydia, gonorrhea and human papillomavirus or HPV.
Diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are curable, however, through anitbiotics.
Why the increase in STDs?
CDC data suggests that multiple factors contribute to the increase in the US. UU. These include drug use, poverty, stigma, decreased condom use and cuts in STD prevention and treatment programs.
Where do other Texas cities fall in the classification of STD case rates?
While Austin ranks 56, it isn’t even close to being the tallest city in Texas on the list. Killeen is ranked 8, with 1,644 cases of STDs per 100,000 people. This translates into 80 cases of HIV, 1,1145 cases of gonorrhea, 2,722 cases of chlamydia and 55 cases of syphilis.
Other cities in Texas and their classifications are:
- Waco – 33
- Lubbock – 38
- Dallas – 60
- San Antonio – 74
Nationally, Baltimore, Maryland, ranked first on the list at number 1. According to the data, the city has 2,004 cases of STDs per 100,000 residents.
Overall, Texas ranks 23rd in the list of rankings from highest to lowest in the 50 US states. UU., According to ETS rates.
Where and how to get tested in Austin
The Kind Clinic, a health and wellness clinic funded by Texas Health Action, offers testing and treatment, testing and access to HIV prevention medications. The clinic offers two locations in Austin. Kind Clinic sexual health services and tests are available for free or at low cost.
AIDS Services of Austin is located in the Moody Medical Clinic and also offers free and quick tests on its mobile van, which can be found at 1023 Springdale Road, Building 14, Suite A.
Students at the University of Texas at Austin can also use many services on campus through the University Health Services. Services are also available to some members of the campus community with fees.
For more information, visit the off-campus testing page of the University Health Services of the University of Texas here.