Franklin county located at the heart of Indiana States has an estimated population of 22,934 people. Just like the entire United States of America, the county is struggling with ever increasing incidences of sexually transmitted diseases.
According to the Franklin County Department of Health 2014 data, there were 416 cases of Chlamydia at the rate of 480.4 versus the state rate of 376.7. 98 cases of gonorrhea were reported at an incidence rate of 113.2 with S.R being 88.1 way quite high. Within the same period, 6 cases of syphilis were report at a less than 3 rate. However, there is a notable growth in numbers over the last five years with over 27%.
The report further establishes that syphilis hit the historic high in 2015 to 2016 where a 17.6% increase was noted to have the incidence rate at 8.7 cases per 100,000 people. Congenital syphilis remains an alarming health issue.
Indiana State Department of Health is currently running a STD prevention and control program dubbed ‘Expedited Partner Therapy.’ Healthcare providers are expected to follow up and ensure sexual partners of patients diagnosed with STD are treated. The goal is to effectively manage partners and avoid recurrence.
Comprehensive STD testing services are available in public health facilities. Some of these facilities include the Southside Health Center, on Hanna avenue 935 affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, and the Barrington Health and Dental Centre on Raymond street Indianapolis.
Even though there are some community clinics that might offer free STD testing and treatment services, the facilities may experience long queues and you might have to wait for long hours to be served. Additionally, you might not be allowed to see doctors on site because they operate on tight schedules.