The city of Fayette, Kentucky, is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located in Fayette County. The Fayette area boasts a population of about 321,959 people and is located in close proximity to the Keeneland and Red Mile Horse Race Courses. The area is known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” but there is more things going on in the area that do not involve beautiful Stallions. Due to the Opioid drug epidemic, the area is seeing a significant increase in the rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
When people are under the influence of opioids or methamphetamine, they tend to have unprotected sex, leading to sexually transmitted diseases that can lead to other issues, such as infertility, complications in pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease and an increased risk of contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
The Fayette area has seen the number of cases of Chlamydia rise from 526 cases in 2014 to 759 in 2017 while gonorrhea cases went from 182 in 2014 to 337 in 2017. Syphilis cases were up also, with 26 cases reported in 2014 and 37 reported in 2017.
There are at least 15 clinics and medical centers in the Fayette area that offer testing for an array of sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea. Many clinics offer free HIV testing but charge a small fee for the other tests.
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department in conjunction with the Fayette County Health District offers an array of STD clinics throughout the week. The nearby Bluegrass Community Health Center offers STD screenings and HIV testing. Same day testing is available at most of the clinics and centers in the Fayette area.
While free STD testing is tempting, it is best to remember that there could be extra, unexpected charges for treatment, along with longer wait times to see a physician. The clinics in the Fayette area also offer vaccines for diseases, such as Hepatitis B and the Human Papilloma Virus. Taking charge of your sexual health is important to your overall well-being and happiness.