In St. Louis County, 1,100 people per 100,000 were living with HIV in 2015, and on average 500 people in Missouri are newly diagnosed each year. It has also been documented that 240 people are diagnosed with either Chlamydia every year in Chesterfield and Syphilis is at an all-time high in St. Louis County. Chesterfield is, therefore, a high-risk area for STD infection.
St. Louis County has a very high instance of HIV per 100,000 people and Syphilis is becoming more common, therefore Chesterfield health officials urge those that feel they may be at risk of HIV, Syphilis or any other STD to get regular tests.
St. Louis has a high-instance of both HIV infection and STD diagnosis in comparison to other counties in Missouri, which makes Chesterfield a high-risk area. In St.Louis County the demographic most at risk of contracting HIV are men who engage in male-to-male sexual contact.
The rate of Syphilis in St. Louis County increased by 42 percent between 2016 and 2017. This has led health officials in St.Louis and Chesterfield to implement a number of initiatives such as community advisory groups led by those who have previously contracted STDs or who are currently living with a diagnosis. These programs have been created in an attempt to prevent diseases from spreading further.
Whilst HIV, Syphilis, and other STDs are becoming more common across Missouri and in Chesterfield, they are usually treatable if diagnosed early. Therefore, public testing clinics in the Chesterfield are urging residents to get tested—these clinics also often offer free STD testing. Examples of clinics in Chesterfield include Planned Parenthood of the Saint Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (West County Health Center), Saint Charles County Department of Public Health, and ThriVe St Louis (St Charles Clinic). Private clinics are also available.