in the whole San Diego declined from 16,042 reported cases in 2013 to 15,625 cases in 2014. The rate of chlamydia infection in women was more than double the rate in men. Gonorrhea and chlamydia if left untreated can lead to serious complications and infertility. Prevention and testing are critical in the fight against STDs. In 2014 there was a total of 13,200 people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. Most of them were Caucasian males between the ages of 30 -39yrs. MSM still remain the biggest risk in the transmission of HIV. Black males have the highest rate of infection. Getting regular testing for HIV can save your life.
The public school system in the city of Chula Vista has incorporated sex education classes into the curriculum. The program is mainly focused on promoting safe sex practices and abstinence. However, the need for regular STD testing is not emphasized enough. While birth control has reduced the cases of teen pregnancy it is important for young people to understand that the pills won’t protect them from STDs. Testing is vital since not all STDs are contracted through sexual intercourse. Casual contact is enough to spread herpes, regular testing is vital.