Kern County is falling behind when it comes to health and has one of the highest rates for sexually transmitted diseases in the state of California. How those numbers are being combated. The Report ranked in Kern County California as the 52nd out of 57 lease healthy counties in California. We looked into one of the glaring numbers highlighted on that report of sexually transmitted disease in Kern county having some of the highest STD rates in the state.
According to the report close to newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections per 100,000 people and Kern county, public health officials say many of those kern use the average one STD per hour here. It impacts a lot of our young people according to public health officials.
- Chlamydia rates are 42% higher than the rest of the state.
- Gonorrhea 23% higher
- Syphilis 90% higher
- Congenital syphilis 344 % higher
Most of these diseases can be cured with treatment but officials realize talking about the sexually transmitted disease isn’t easy. It is not, this is a difficult topic people don’t want to talk about sexually transmitted diseases. It’s uncomfortable, it makes most people uncomfortable. An uncomfortable topic with an easy solution. We need to remove that stigma quit shaming people for human behavior. If we’re uncomfortable talking about sex how are we ever going to be able to empower our young people to make informed decisions when it’s their time two years ago.
Public Health launching the know your risk campaign to reduce the alarming numbers partnering with local organizations one of those a comprehensive Health Organization clinic at Sierra Vista that organization working side-by-side with Kern County Schools.Since the early 90s providing them with sex education resources on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. offering.
STD testing clinic in Arvin and Thursdays in Bakersfield teens between the ages of 12 to 19 can confidentially receive STI checks and treatment. There are resources for people and that’s and we want people to get tested and we want them to access services that are available to them for more information on public health services head to our website