The numbers of new STD diagnoses continue to rise in southeast Iowa, particularly in Des Moines County. The county health department reported that gonorrhea and chlamydia rank top when it comes to morbidity.
According to preliminary health statistics by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), gonorrhea rates have increased 11 times since 2014, bringing the count to 357 in 2017. In 2011, there were 13 gonorrhea incidences.
The health fact sheet by Eyes Open Iowa indicated that chlamydia rates spiked drastically in 2015 after a steady decline from 67 cases in 2011 to 34 new diagnoses in 2014. In 2015, the number of positive chlamydia tests jumped to 68.
The IDPH STD Prevention Program has successfully continued to make efforts toward achieving the state’s goal of zero STD cases. IDPH partners with local care clinics to ensure sexual-health reporting and provision of primary STD/HIV care. Also, the “Stop HIV Iowa” initiative focuses on offering STD education, prevention tools, and medical services to Iowans living with STDs.
Different health clinics within Des Moines may provide STD care services. The Burlington Area Family Practice located at 1201 W Agency Rd may offer STD testing and treatment, birth control pills, breast exams, among others. Alternatively, you can visit the Planned Parenthood medical center at 1000 E Army Post Rd.
Alternatively, you can visit one of the Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa. One lies at 1706 W Agency Rd and another at 952 Broadway St, Hamilton.
Despite other medical centers within Burlington may render low-cost or free STD testing services, in some clinics walk-in option may not exist and multiple payment modes might not be available. Furthermore, doctor consultations may be hard to come by since they work on limited schedules.