Georgia among Top 10 in STD ranking, Atlanta coming in at #1 for new HIV/AIDS cases
The state of Georgia ranks among the Top 10 states highest in the United States in sexually transmitted diseases in rates.
Coming in the Top 7 for Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, Georgia also ranks Number 1 state for the newest cases of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
In reference to the number of residents with HIV/AIDS, the Atlanta metro area accounts for over 60% of cases.
How has the demise of sexual health become an epidemic in Atlanta and surrounding areas? There are many factors to consider. For instance, the increase in social media, like Facebook, Instagram and dating sites, have made it easier for teens and adults alike to meet and hook up without actually getting to know each other first. The lack of sex education, as well as funding for such programs is tied to the high prevalence of STD’s among Georgia residents.
In 2013, a program was started by Grady Hospital to provide routine testing for HIV/AIDS.
Since implementing this program, the hospital has reported that two to three patients are diagnosed each day. In addition to HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Aldredge Health Center, located in the metro Atlanta area, reports that an estimated 16,000 STD infections are being diagnosed and treated each year. Since these statistics are base on diagnosed and confirmed cases, you can assume the numbers and percentages are modest at best.
It is more important now than ever to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. This is an epidemic that is widespread through different ethnic background and affects all ages. Routine testing for HIV/AIDS and other STD’s can be quick, safe and confidential. By purchasing online, you can obtain your order number, take it to any lab and remain private. There are over 50 testing locations within the Atlanta metro area. Here are few locations that provide HIV/AIDS and STD screening.