Jefferson County health professionals continue to face a challenge in their STD/HIV prevention efforts, as new transmissions continue to increase. Many people don’t know their status, which means they don’t seek medical care.
According to an STD/HIV Epidemiological Profile by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (MDHSS), Jefferson County recorded a decrease in chlamydia cases in 2015-2019, from 527 to 397. Gonorrhea cases increased by 120%, from 69 cases to 152.
Additionally, syphilis incidences jumped from 5 to 60. In 2015, there were 170 new HIV infections in the county, with morbidity of 91.0 per 100,000 populations.
Treatment is a critical intervention strategy in the fight against the pandemic. “HIV Treatment Works” is a program consisting of people who are leading a healthy HIV+ life because of seeking and sticking to treatment services. That’s critical in helping PLWHA to lead longer and healthier lives.
You can access HIV/STD testing services from the MDHSS Public Health Clinic along N Chestnut St. Another option is the Jefferson County Health Department in Hillsborough on Main St. The clinic specializes in STD/HIV testing, counseling, and treatment. You may also receive prevention tools and education.
Moreover, you can visit either the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Manchester on Stonegate Center or MyLife Medical & Resource Center along Gravois Rd, High Ridge.
Even though free STD testing or low-cost alternatives might be available in and near Arnold town, some clinics may lack after-care prescriptions following a positive test. Further, these clinics may also have long queues and they might delay releasing results after 14 days.