The STD rates in the country have increased and raising concerns among health officials. Ellis County in Kansas has significant numbers of HIV and STDs. If prompt prevention actions are not taken, the situation might get out of hand.
According to a report by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) the STD rate in 2017 was 7.1 cases per 100,000 populations. That’s the highest margin since 2002 when the rate was slightly above 2.0.
Additionally, data offered by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps indicated that there were no HIV cases in 2013. However, in 2015, county health officials reported seven (7) new incidences with a rate of 29.0.
Let’s Stop HIV Together is a campaign that focuses on organizing community outreach programs, removing HIV stigma and risk reduction among sexually active individuals. This initiative embodies every individual and organization in the HIV community to ensure PLWHA receive medical care, stop the discrimination, and help HIV+ live longer and healthier.
Hays residents who’d like to get tested and know their HIV/STD status can visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment STD clinic (Ellis County) which runs under the Fort Hays State University at 600 Park.
Furthermore, you may visit the University of Kansas University Health System clinic situated along Vine Ste 20, Big Creek Crossing and the First Care Clinic on W 13th St.
Other clinics within Hays town may provide low-cost or free STD testing services. Some of the disadvantages of these services include clients may end up paying for particular testing and screening services. Furthermore, you may not have walk-in options, and the doctor may not be available during the time of your visit.