SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES 

Measure indicates number of newly diagnosed chlamydia cases per 100,000 population.

Chlamydia incidence rates are associated with unsafe sexual activity. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in North America and is one of the major causes of tubal infertility, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, and chronic pelvic pain.[39] STIs are associated with a significantly increased risk of morbidity and mortality, including increased risk of cervical cancer, infertility, and premature death.[40] STIs also have a high economic burden on society. The direct medical costs of managing sexually transmitted infections and their complications in the US, for example, was approximately 15.6 billion dollars in 2008.[41] This measure is also significant to health equity as Chlamydia disproportionally affects underserved communities, particularly adolescent minority women.[38,42]

Community Focus Areas:
  • Expanding evidence-based programming (such as Making Proud Choices) to multiple school locations to provide education and experiences that will support good choices for teenage youth

  • Establishing a School Based Health Center (Forest Hills Middle School) to provide on-site health and wellness evaluations and education for middle school youth to promote healthy choices

  • Establishing and promoting clinic hours designated for teenage boys and girls at the Wilson County Health Department

  • Identifying adult mentors for at-risk teenage boys and girls in middle school and high school

  • Supporting and connecting the grants awarded to numerous community efforts to decrease sexually transmitted diseases in Wilson

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Note: Data is measured annually.

Date of Report Vs. Date of Data

Robert Wood Johnson annual reports reflect data from previous year(s) for certain measures.  See chart below.