Lubbock's sexually transmitted disease rate is "chronically high." That's the word from the Lubbock County Health Department. But perhaps what's more surprising is people ages 10-24 have many diseases.
Last year, the Lubbock Health Department sent out a warning throughout Lubbock junior high and high schools that a junior high school student was infected with HIV. And tonight, the health department says Lubbock has the highest number of infection rates in the nation in both gonorrhea and chlamydia for the tenth straight year.
If you look at the numbers in Lubbock county for 2005, there were 1,266 cases of chlamydia, 425 cases of gonorrhea, 6 cases of syphilis, 12 cases of HIV, and 5 cases of AIDS. The surprising findings were that about 36-percent of all Lubbock STD's came from people 15-to-19 years old.
The youngest case reported came from a ten year old. The health report attributes the incredibly high numbers of STD's in young people to a lack of education in the schools, a lack of parental and community involvement, and a lack of funding in the health department.
The report also shows more women have STD's than men, but more men are infected with HIV and AIDS in Lubbock.