The STD rates in St. Louis County, Missouri, are a red flag that something needs to be done. STD cases have risen drastically over the past few years. Most cases of STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, occur among the youth.
According to a 2017 STI Annual Surveillance Report by St. Louis County Public Health, chlamydia and syphilis cases increased between 2016-2017. The county recorded 8% and 42% spikes respectively.
However, between 2013 and 2017, the chlamydia incident rate had increased by 18%, while that of gonorrhea increased by 50%. Syphilis prevalence rose the highest as the county recorded a whopping 159% rise.
“Start Talking. Stop HIV” is a program that targets the LGBTQ community, primarily gay and bisexual men. Its goal is to nurture openness among individuals and their partners and peers regarding their HIV status. Also, it highlights the benefits of practicing prevention. Furthermore, the campaign urges them to seek medical treatment.
Affton residents can find several clinics around the town that may offer STD care services. One option is the Planned Parenthood Clinic located along South Grand. Another one is the Thrive Women’s Healthcare clinic nestled at 4331 Lindell Blvd and Mid Rivers Mall Dr, St. Peters.
Alternatively, head to one of the St. Louis County Public Health clinics. The main facility is set on S Central Ave, Clayton. Others are found along NW Plaza Dr, St. Ann and Lemay Ferry Rd, Sr. Louis City.
In Afton, you can opt to nearby clinics which may offer free STD testing services, but you may be required to book an appointment or some clinics might charge you an extra fee for consulting a doctor on site. Furthermore, you may wait in line for long hours.