What are the STI test options in Cedar Rapids,IA?
STD rates have been going up across the US, and Cedar Rapids is no exception. Health officials are especially worried about the gonorrhea rates, which increased 145% in Iowa between 2013 and 2017. The problem with gonorrhea is that there is only one medicine left to treat it, and the strain may be developing a resistance to it. Now, the focus must be on prevention over treatment.
Another problem in Iowa is that budget cuts have led to the closure of many clinics. People in some areas now have to travel two hours to reach one, and this is a big problem if one is poor. Most likely, many people end up going untreated.
In 2016, the HIV prevalence rate in Linn County was 132.8 per 100K people. The chlamydia rate was 550.2, and the gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 121 and 1.8.
Planned Parenthood is located on 1st Ave SE. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. You can also be tested at the Linn County Public Health Clinic on 13th St NW.
OB-GYN Associates PC, on A Ave NE, and Emma Goldman Clinic in nearby Iowa City both test for and treat STIs as well. Keep an eye on local events to see if you can catch a free STD testing event, especially during STD Awareness Month.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.