Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases in Columbus. However, there are other increased incidences of gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, hepatitis, trichomoniasis, HPV and PID.
According to the CDC Surveillance Report of 2019, the State of Nebraska was ranked 34th statewide for chlamydia infections at a rate of 443.2 with 13,893 cases. With 2,653 cases of gonorrhea at the rate of 139.1 and 43 incidences of syphilis at 2.3 the state was ranked 30th and 47th nationally in disease prevalence.
Congenital syphilis has continually been a public health concern with over 153% increase since 2013. More than 50% of these cases end up as stillbirths with many incidences of permanent disability and birth complications. Nevertheless, congenital syphilis is treatable and curable if early diagnosed.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Solutions in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has set up various STD testing and training centers where the public is invited to sexual health education, counselling and STD screening.
Nebraska HIV testing network with their labs nationwide are some of the public facilities you can visit for comprehensive and confidential STD testing services. They test a range of STDs and provide medications to patients including their partners on an expedite partner therapy program.
There are some clinics which might provide free STD testing services. However, most them may offer few STD tests and the results might delay up to two weeks. Also, the facilities may experience long queues with limited medical personnel attending them, therefore, you may experience long waiting hours and inconvenient times.