What are the STI test options in Fort Dodge,IA?
Fort Dodge, along the Des Moines river, is the county seat of Webster and susceptible to the same fluctuating STD rates seen elsewhere in Iowa.
According to the Eyes Open Iowa organization, 19 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Webster County, with only 65 under the age of 19. Also, six cases of gonorrhea were reported in 2011, which increased to 23 cases in 2013, but then decreased again in 2015.
Chlamydia is one of the more prevalent STDs in Webster County. In 2008, 402 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 residents were reported. By 2016, the number of cases had increased to 669 per 100,000, indicating Fort Dodge and the surrounding areas are getting worse for the prevalence of this infection.
HIV prevalence rate in Webster County is also on the rise. Most recent County Health Rankings indicate 17 residents of Webster County aged 13 or over are living with HIV/AIDS. In 2009, only nine residents were living with either diagnosis.
To help stem the flow of rising HIV rates in Webster County, the Iowa Department of Public Health aims to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and reduce their morbidity through preventative education, testing, and treatment services.
Several options are available to Fort Dodge residents who require STD testing and treatment services, including services available at the Webster County Family Planning Clinic and the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland on 27th Street.
Some clinics may be able to offer free STD testing for the most common sexually transmitted diseases, but clinic hours may be reduced, and follow-up consultations for treatment may cost extra.