In 2018, Jasper County reported 1,048 cases of STDs. The number of people living with Chlamydia in the county that year was 696; those living with Syphilis were 47, while those living with Gonorrhoea were 305. This was a reduction from the previous year where 701 residents had Chlamydia, 204 people had Gonorrhoea, and only 9 people had Syphilis.
Jasper County was the third county with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Southwest Region of Missouri with 68 cases recorded in 2016 with a rate of 57.3 per 100,000 persons. Only 3 new people were diagnosed with the virus that year.
Additionally, 73 people were on stage 3 of HIV/AIDS at a rate of 61.6 per 100,000 cases. Joplin City played a significant role in these numbers.
The Missouri Department of Health, through the HIV testing program, has been working with locals to provide rapid HIV testing to all residents. The program’s goal is to reduce transmission of the virus, prevent HIV infection to those at risk, and improve early detection.
There are several STD testing options in Joplin, MO such as Planned Parenthood-Joplin Health Center located in Illinois Avenue, Choices Medical Services on 7th Street, and Joplin City Health Department in 4th street.
For free STD testing services, you can keep track of the upcoming STD and HIV awareness events and campaigns in Joplin. You might, however, have to endure very long queues and waiting times. Results might also be released in approximately 1 – 2 weeks.