data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that
there has been an alarmingly increasing number of STD cases in the
is also suffering from its own high rate. The STD making its way
around the state? HIV.
University of Mississippi Medical Center said there have been 311 new
cases of the disease so far in 2018.
Express Health Clinic at the Jackson Medical Mall has been fighting
the disease. Director Dr. Leandro Mena said there is no lie in the
numbers when treating STDs. She said if people came in for care for
their disease, it would be helpful. They could potentially lower the
new infection rate by 90 percent. However, she said those who don’t
know they’re infected and spread the disease.
said some drugs control the virus that allows people to live longer
and live a productive life. One such drug is PREP. She said it’s
the newest, most powerful technique for preventing the spread of the
HIV infection to those who are negative for the virus. Those who use
it can reduce their chance of getting it by over 99 percent.
Mena knows that education and access are the keys to preventing STDs and HIV from spreading, and it begins with the youth and young adults. She recommends anybody 13 and older and sexually active to be tested for STDs like HIV. Whatever a person’s age, if someone has multiple partners, it’s a good idea to get tested regularly.