Between the years of 2013 and 2017 the rates of sexually transmitted diseases have climbed so quickly without any sign of dropping off that many, including the CDC, are quite worried. Boone County and Columbia reported a 60.7 increase in Gonorrhea cases alone.
In 2017 Boone County reported 1,654 STD cases and it was ranked as the 7th highest county in the state for STD prevalence.
In response to this rising threat various places, like the University of Missouri, are trying to focus on combating the STD epidemic with free STD testing, though confidentiality might not be possible. Campaigns are rolling out to push the use of condoms, as their decline is directly tied in with the rising STD problem.
There is also a large push to reduce the stigma around sexual health so better discussions can lead to better health practices.
The Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri has a location with testing services on 711 North Providence Road, RAIN Central Missouri is located on 1123 Wilkes Boulevard, and the Cooper County Public Health Department testing facility is on 17040 Klinton Drive.