Oklahoma’s Tulsa County has become a hotbed for sexually transmitted diseases. In recent years, some areas have recorded STD prevalence of four to nine times the national rate.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), chlamydia was the most common STI in Tulsa County. In 2016, there were 4,129 incidences with a prevalence of 642.2. That made the county the second-highest region in chlamydia cases after Oklahoma City, which had 5,237 chlamydia cases.
The county health officials confirmed 1,723 and 31 cases of gonorrhea and syphilis, respectively. Furthermore, there were 64 HIV incidences in 2016, taking the number of people living with HIV (PLWH) in the county to 826.
The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund offers financial support to the HIV/AIDS community in the state, including healthcare providers and PLWHA. The program vets and selects organizations that directly provide primary HIV care. It also monitors the testing, treatment, and prevention activities to intervene in the spread of HIV.
You may receive STD care and testing services from the Health Outreach Prevention and Education (HOPE) Center or the Oklahoma Department of Health Services (Tulsa County).
Alternatively, you can visit the OSU-COM Internal Medicine Specialty Services, which may provide HIV testing and counseling services. The Tulsa CARES clinic on E Admiral Place is another option.
You may turn to other nearby clinics which may render low cost or free STD testing services in Bixby. However, they may not have walk-in options and the facilities might not support multiple payment modes. You may also wait in long queues to receive the services.