What are the STI test options in Ankeny,IA?
The City of Ankeny, IA is in Polk County. Even though Ankeny is a great place to live, there is a concern over rising STD rates. STD rates in Polk County are higher than in the state of Iowa as a whole.
Chlamydia rates have been on a continual rise since 2012. Rates have gone from 465 per 100,000 people to 650 per 100,000 persons. Gonorrhea rates have shown a similar increase, rising from 593 cases in 2012 to 1,367 in 2018. These numbers are alarming and emphasize the need for the residents of Ankeny to get tested.
It is not known what is responsible for the nearly two-fold rise in STD rates in Polk County, but officials suspect that it may be connected to the use of dating sites on the Internet.
Officials at the Polk County Health Department emphasize the need to get tested for STDs. They offer STD testing for residents 13 and older. Planned Parenthood is another option that has STD testing and treatment resources in Polk County. These resources may not test for all potential STDs, only the most common ones.
Some, but not all, public clinics may offer free STD testing to some. The amount of time it takes to receive the results at public testing sites can vary, depending on the number of cases that the lab has ahead of you. When you go to a public clinic, people will know why you are there. Even though the results are confidential, going to the clinic could be embarrassing for some.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.