AUSTIN -- Sexually transmitted infections in Travis County are up according to the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department.
According to A/TCHHSD there were over 62,000 newly diagnosed sexually transmitted Infections in the county in 2011. Health officials say those affected will dole-out an estimated $83,000 565 in lifetime indirect medical costs.
The results were recently published in the Travis County Medical Society Journal.
State law requires chlamydia, gonorrhea, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and syphilis be reported to health authorities.
The city’s health department estimates 3,673 people in Austin/Travis County were living with HIV; 78,556 with herpes simplex virus type 2 and 257,832 people living with human papilloma virus (HPV). In the United States alone, an estimated 19 million new STI infections occur each year.
The department says HPV is the most common STD in Travis County.
“Because STI’s are preventable, significant reductions in new infections are not only possible, they are urgently needed,” said Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director for Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department. “And for all individuals who are sexually active, particularly young people, STI screening and prompt treatment are critical to protect a person’s health and prevent transmission to others.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make the following recommendations:
• All adults and adolescents be tested at least once for HIV.
• All sexually active women age 25 and under as well as older women with risk factors
get an annual chlamydia screening.
• Yearly gonorrhea screening for at-risk sexually active women.
• Pregnant women should be screened for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and hepatitis B.
• At-risk pregnant women should be screened at their first prenatal visit.
• Trichomoniasis screening should be conducted at least annually for all HIV-infected women.
• Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV for all sexually active
gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
To schedule a screening contact the STI Clinic at 512-972-5430 and/or the HIV Prevention Program at 512-972-5580.