Fishers, this Indiana suburb of Indianapolis is no stranger to rapid growth. Unfortunately, that rapid growth includes sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Health officials in the Fishers area are growing concerned and a little frustrated over the upward swing of STIs that were previously in decline. They acknowledge, however, that the upswing could in part be due to increased testing. Which is a good thing.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health chlamydia rose 11% with a rate of 465 out of every 100,000 residents infected. Gonorrhea surged 25% with a rate of 142 Per 100,000.
This is still well below national averages of approximately 700 combined, but still cause for concern regionally. Heidi Hancher-Rauch—Director of Public Health at the University of Indianapolis, advocates for prioritizing funding for education to maintain the health of the community. As is advocated by most of the scientific community. Otherwise best practices are frequent testing—as most STDs can be easily treated if caught early—and open and frank communication between all partners.
For STI screening in the immediate Fishers area, there aren’t many options. You can go try Any Lab Test Now on East 96th Street. Head to Indianapolis for more affordable options. Like Planned Parenthood, they have locations on Georgetown Road, North Meridian, and East Washington Street. Planned Parenthood screens for the following STIs: HIV, bacterial vaginosis (BV), herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. If you’re a student of Indianapolis University (IU), free STD testing options (HIV only) may be available to you through IU Health.
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