“Jeff City” as it’s locally called, is the capital of Missouri, but only the 15th most populous city in the state. It’s also the county seat of Cole County. Much like the rest of the nation, Mid-Missouri has been seeing increasingly higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the last decade. The Cole County Department of Public Health cites the stigma surrounding STDs as part of the problem with people not getting tested as often as they should. All sexually active adults should be tested at least once a year.
In 2017, there were 150 new cases of HIV in Cole County, a rate of 235 per 100,000 people.
Chlamydia continues to be the most common of all bacterial infections, and mainly affecting women under the age of 24. If left untreated it can cause lasting damage, so get tested early and often for STIs even if you don’t have symptoms. 465 new cases of chlamydia came up in Cole County in 2017, a rate of 606.3 per 100K. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were lower at 69 and 2.3 respectively.
Ready to get tested in Jefferson City? There are affordable locations nearby. You can go to the Cole County Health Department on Truman Boulevard for STI testing Monday-Thursday. No testing on Fridays and all testing is provided on a walk-in basis. Prices vary. For free STD testing keep an eye on your community calendar. STD events sometimes offer free screenings, STD awareness month is in April and National HIV testing day is June 27th.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Jefferson City clinics with our easy-to-read chart.