By Tech. Sgt. Albertina Walker
2nd Aero Medical Support Squadron
Patients, especially teens and young adults, are encouraged to learn about STDs and understand the importance of prevention. More importantly, patients should be empowered to ask questions about their safety and overall health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana ranks second highest in the United States with the number per capita of STDs which include:
-Chlamydia (679.3 cases per 100,000 people).
-Gonorrhea (230.8 cases per 100,000 people)
-Syphilis (16.1 cases per 100,000).
-HIV (29.2 cases per 100,000).
With the United States having a record number of STD cases and Louisiana as a leading state for infections, it is important for everyone to work together on this issue. This year’s theme “Treat Me Right” is imperative to the building of trusted relationships between healthcare providers and patients as a preventative health measure. Together we can prevent STDs!
If you would like additional information contact Public Health at 456-6599.