Nearly 1 in every 4 adults and adolescents in Elkhart, IN have a sexually transmitted disease. New chlamydia diagnoses continue to rise every year with current rates at about 452 per 100,000 residents in Elkhart. This is up from 350 five years ago.
Area rates are on the rise for all sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, chlamydia, and others. Sexually transmitted diseases are something that are just not talked about, and this may be the reason for rising rates.
Elkhart is a small town with lots of parks and attractions, such as the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. It may be that people are not informed about the risks and how to prevent them.
Many STDs do not have symptoms in the beginning and it is possible for people in Elkhart not to know they have them. Getting tested is the only way to know if you are safe.
Screening is safe and confidential. The Elkhart Health Department offers screening for a majority of the most prevalent STDs. They service patients on a first-come, first served basis, so there may be a line.
Planned Parenthood also offers screening, as do many private physicians in the area. Planned Parenthood offers low-cost testing, but only for those that fall within certain income ranges.
Screening is confidential and no one will know that you are going for testing but you. With STD rates on the rise, it is even more important to know for sure.