Young women in Colorado face high rates of sexually transmitted infections
Young women at the Lone Star Park in Colorado are facing the highest rates of STDs in the U.S., according to an analysis released Tuesday.
The analysis, by the Colorado Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found the rates of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia among women ages 15-24 were 2.2 times higher than those of the general population.
The numbers were higher for women who have sex with men and other women who are in their late teens and early 20s.
Young women are more likely to have unprotected sex and more likely than their peers to report having had an STI, including chlamydial infections, gonorrheal infections, syphilitic and other sexually transmitted diseases.
“These findings are particularly concerning for our young women who, at age 25, are expected to be the most sexually active in their lives,” said Julie Williams, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention.
“As they enter the workforce, these young women are facing a higher rate of sexual risk behaviors than their counterparts in the general female population.
Their health and well-being is of paramount importance to the community and the CDC is committed to supporting them in their journey to become empowered and healthy adults.”
The Lone Star park, which opened in 2013 and was built to accommodate 2,000 visitors a day, is a destination for many young people.
About 3,500 people attended its ribbon cutting on May 14.
About two-thirds of the park’s 6,000 people were women ages 25-29, according to the report.
They made up 43 percent of the staff.
About 10 percent of women reported they had been tested for gonorrhoea or syphilis, which is a type of STI.
More than 90 percent of those tested for chlamdaphobia, a type that includes the fear of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, also tested positive.
About 8 percent of female students had gonorrhoeal or syphillis.