Hazelwood, a city in St. Louis County, Missouri with approximately 25,505 people according to the 2017 U.S Census has relative increased rates of sexually transmitted diseases.
In reference to the Annual CDCSTI Surveillance Report of 2017, the chlamydia infection rate was 618.1 with the national rate being 570.2, 8% increase from 2016 and 195 from 2013 data. The gonorrhea infections were at 260.8 compared to the national rate of 262.6 in 2016 which is a 52% rise from 2013. Syphilis prevalence is on the alarming high with 114 cases in 2017, a 42% increase.
CDC report further documents 202 cases of syphilis in 2018. Syphilis infection rate is at its all-time high attributed to risky sexual behavior especially among men who have sex with other men, bisexuals and young people below 30 years of age.
Public Health facilities in St. Louis County are offering STD testing and screening services holistically for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV, HSV, herpes, Hepatitis A, B & C and trichomonas among many other STDs.
North Central Community Health Center on Jennings Station road, North County Health Center affiliated with Planned Parenthood St. Louis County based on Surrey Plaza II and Betty Jean Kerr Peoples Health Center – north site along 11642 W Florissant avenue are the available options.
Some local clinics may provide free STD testing under state funded program. However, you might be needed to make appointment and doctors might not be available on the premises or on phone. In addition, you may have to wait for your test results for more than two weeks since the health facilities are crowded and the medical staff work on tight schedules.