The high levels of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Beloit, WI, Rock County, have become an issue of great concern to the Rock County Public Health Department. Gonorrhoea and chlamydia are some STDs whose rates continue to escalate, according to the Health Department.
The 2018 County Health Rankings saw Rock County record the fifth highest chlamydia levels in Wisconsin. Statistics from up to 2015 revealed that the STD’s rate in the county was 455.4 cases per 100,000 residents and it was higher than that of the state average which was 423.5 diagnoses for every 100,000 people.
Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in 2018 showed that there were 232 cases of gonorrhea in Rock County in 2016. This was a rise from the 146 infections of the STD that were reported in 2015.
An example of an initiative whose purpose is to lower the high incidences of HIV reported in Beloit is the Wisconsin HIV Program. It encourages residents to know their HIV status by getting tested. It also promotes treatment and counseling services for people living with the virus in the region.
Beloit residents can seek STD/HIV tests at the Rock County Health Department in Janesville or the Waukesha County Sexually Transmitted Disease and HIV Clinic. The City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Pierce County Reproductive Health in River Falls also provide the tests.
While some public medical facilities might be offering free STD testing services, they may charge for consulting the doctor. Moreover, the tests provided may be inconclusive.