The annual surveillance report for HIV in St. Louis, where Concord lies, recorded 2,091 cases of HIV infections in 2017. The health department noted an increase in the number of new infections when it recorded 2,254 cases in 2018.
The number of chlamydia infections in the county is constantly higher than that of other STDs. The county saw a drastic increase in the number of cases as it recorded a count of 6,451 in 2018, a figure higher than the 6,161 cases reported in 2017.
Gonorrhea cases ranked second after Chlamydia. Statistics show the county reported 2,791 cases in 2018, relatively higher than the 2,599 cases reported in 2017.
There was also a significant increase in syphilis cases in 2018 as compared to the previous year. In 2017, the county had recorded 270 cases. The number of new infections increased to 328 in 2018.
The St. Louis County Department of Health and the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center provides STD education and information, training, clinical resources, and the latest research materials to healthcare professionals. That is in a bid to facilitate easy access to STD screening and treatment services.
The residents of Concord can seek STD screening services at Planned Parenthood – South Grand Health Center, Vivent Health, and South County Health Center.
Individuals of a specific group, such as teenagers, may be eligible for free STD testing services. However, a doctor’s consultation might be an extra charge, and test results might not be immediate.