September is Sexual Health Awareness Month
Thursday, 22 September 2016 10:41
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The numbers continue to surprise, as more than 4,500 people were tested through August at the Douglas County Health Department‚Äôs STD Clinic and outreach sites.
Some months, nearly 20 percent of those tested at outreach sites were found to be infected. During the 2015 calendar year, Douglas County had 3,507 confirmed cases of chlamydia and 1,081 cases of gonorrhea. The testing continues to expand, and there is plenty of work to be done.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Through July of this year, more than 4500 people have been tested in the DCHD clinic or through outreach efforts. The infection rate among people 24 years of age or younger was greater than 20 percent. The Douglas County Health Department declared an epidemic of STDs in 2004 and continues to lead the effort to turn around this major public health concern. With numerous partners, and financial support from the Women‚Äôs Fund of Omaha, more people are being tested and treated than ever.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúThe Douglas County community has responded to the STD epidemic,‚ÄĚ said Douglas County Health Director, Dr. Adi Pour. ‚ÄúSTDs are a national concern.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†National data backs up that statement, and in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projected among men and women in the United States there were . The CDC further estimated 20 million new STDs¬†occur annually in the U.S., including syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, HIV, and chlamydia.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If that average holds for this month, Americans will acquire roughly 1.7 million STDs during September.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúThat work of fighting STDs must continue,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour said. ‚ÄúAnd this is the time to expand our understanding of sexual health. That will require a new emphasis on prevention.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Local health departments, like DCHD, are trusted providers of information and services, with a vital understanding of community attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. That has helped the definition of sexual health to expand beyond clinical concerns to one that includes a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships. That includes safe sexual experiences free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The World Health Organization‚Äôs definition of sexual health includes a statement that says: ‚Äú
Douglas County Health Department STD Testing Schedule
Testing at DCHD‚Äôs clinic in the Douglas County Office Building at 1111 South 41st Street
Monday: 10:30 a.m. ‚Äď 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. ‚Äď 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday ‚Äď Friday:¬†8:30 a.m. ‚Äď 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. ‚Äď 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 22:¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Metro Community College Elkhorn Campus, 10 a.m. ‚Äď noon
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† W. Clarke Swanson Library, 3-5 p.m.
Sept. 24:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Millard Library, 11 a.m. ‚Äď 1 p.m.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Milton Abrahams Library, 3-5 p.m.
Sept. 26:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† W. Dale Clark Library, 2-4 pm.
Sept. 27:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Metro Community College South Campus, Noon- 2 p.m.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Charles Washington Library, 2-6 p.m.
Sept. 28:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Metro Community College Fort Omaha Campus, Noon- 2p.m.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Columbus Park Community Center, 6-8 p.m.
Sept. 29:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Metro Community College Elkhorn Campus, 10 a.m. ‚Äď noon.