The health reports in Fond du Lac County have raised eyebrows in the recent past, mainly because sexually transmitted diseases have taken a toll on the population. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are some of the high-morbidity infections.
In an annual surveillance report by the Fond du Lac County Health Department showed that the number of gonorrhea infections had tripled between 2015 and 2016 from 35 to 104 new diagnoses.
The 2016 survey also highlighted chlamydia as the most prevalent STD. In 2016, the total number of new chlamydia infections shot up to 330 incidences from 294 cases in 2015. That was a 12% increase.
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is dedicated to helping at-risk populations to eliminate or change their behavioral patterns to protect themselves against HIV. Through the program’s Lifepoint Needle Exchange caters for users of intravenous drugs. ARC also reaches out to the LGBTQ community, youths and women who may be at risk.
For testing services, several clinical facilities are available within Fond du Lac you may visit. For instance, the county health HIV/STD program, located along S Macy Street, may offer confidential HIV testing, whose results may be expedited within 20 minutes.
Other options include Dr. James E Albrecht along Washington Street in West Bend; the Bella Medical Clinic on W. South Park Ave, Oshkosh, and St. Francis Community Health Center on N Koeller Street in Oshkosh.
Other nearby health facilities may also offer free STD testing. The disadvantages of these tests include inconvenient operating hours and unavailability of doctors.