What are the STI test options in Columbus,IN?
According to a report published by the Columbus Regional Hospital, the service area for the hospital in the city of Columbus has a rate of 72.4 HIV cases per 100,000. This report was published in 2010, and at the time, Columbus ranked lower than the HIV rate for the state of Indiana (159.4) and across the nation (340.4). As well, the report highlighted Columbus as having lower rates of gonorrhea (27.5) and chlamydia (294.6) than the state or national rates.
However, a lot has changed since 2010. The United States is now experiencing an STD epidemic with over two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2016. That record was broken in 2017 with 2.3 million cases reported.
Also concerning is the plateau health officials have seen in the HIV epidemic. As more STD cases arise, medications are becoming less effective in treatment. There are concerns in particular that emerging resistance in gonorrhea strands could make the disease an untreatable STD in the next couple of years.
Director of Public Health at the University of Indianapolis, Heidi Hancher-Rauch, believes that many affected individuals are not even aware they are carrying a disease. She stated, “If we’re not teaching people how to keep themselves safe from sexually transmitted infections early, then we start to see these surges and increases in those rates.”
In order to curtail the increasing rates of STDs, individuals should get regular STD checkups. For those living in Columbus, IN there are several nearby clinics in the Bartholomew County area. If you are looking for free STD testing, there are a few public health clinics in the area that offer testing, such as Planned Parenthood. However, note that most clinics that offer free STD testing may do so only for specific tests and not all.
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