Cape Girardeau, located southeast of the city of St. Louis and North of Memphis, it is the 17th largest city in the entire state of Missouri. Cape Girardeau is also an emerging college town (Southeast Missouri State University). Unfortunately, higher education isn’t the only thing on the rise. The entire nation is reporting increases in STI rates. Health officials in the Girardeau area recommending all sexually active adults get tested often.
The Cape Girardeau area covers territory in two separate counties: Cape Girardeau County and Scott County. Data collected in 2018 showed 418 new cases of chlamydia in Cape Girardeau County and 223 in Scott. That’s a total of 641 new diagnoses for Cape! 2018 also netted the Cape area 390 new documented outbreaks for gonorrhea. Combined primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses came to 29. HIV data for Cape Girardeau is collected with several other counties in the Southeast region of Missouri.
For 2016, that region reported 16 new cases of HIV, bringing the total number of persons living with HIV up to 382. The highest it’s been in a decade.
If you’re looking to get tested in the Cape area, Cape Girardeau County Health Department on Linden Street runs an STD clinic on Tuesday afternoons. Walk-ins are welcome, and they test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and Hep C. While it is not free STD testing, assistance may be available for providing treatment medications.
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