The resurgence of syphilis that was almost eradicated two decades ago and the rise of antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea show a disturbing health trend. Lane County reported a total STD incident rate of 529.8 per 100,000 residents. This breaks down to a rate of 6.5 for syphilis, 89.3 for gonorrhea, and 434 for chlamydia per 100,000 residents.
Statewide, this places Lane County among the most sexually diseased counties.
The National Coalition of STD Directors says this rise in sexually transmitted diseases comes at a time when health departments are least equipped to handle it. In response local and national organizations are working to rally efforts and increase health through decreasing the spread of STDs.
The Lane County Public Health Sexually Transmitted Infection Program provides services that include free STD testing, counseling in a welcoming environment, regardless of income. Oregon Reminders offers a free service to provide customized reminders for testing, medications, and prescription refills.
From the HIV Alliance Incorporated on Garden Avenue to Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon on Franklin Boulevard, it’s easy to find a testing center. Locate your preferred site and schedule an appointment or look up walk-in hours for testing.