Kirkwood city is one of the geographical regions in St. Louis County that has been document with high sexually transmitted diseases and infection rates in Missouri. The infection rate for HIV, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and gonorrhea among other STDs has been fluctuating since 1990.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention report, in 2016, there were 5,711 new chlamydia infections which was a 4% increase from the previous year. Gonorrhea had 2,634 cases at a rate of 262.5 case per 100,000 people- a 29% increase from 2015. Syphilis had an increase of 415 with 142 cases at the rate of 14.2 cases per 100,000 people.
The report further establishes that the infection rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were more profound in men than women in 2016, the increases were 9%, 58% and 49% respectively. With only 24% of the national population, Missouri has 745, 865, 705 and 69% of the Chlamydia, gonorrhea, early syphilis and HIV new diagnosis.
Saint Loius County Department of Health, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and CDC have all launched STD management programs that provide screening, treatment, support and education to the people.
SSM Health Express Clinic, St. Louis County Health Department and Mercy GoHealth Urgent Care are some public health centers that offer STD screening and testing services that you can look into.
Besides, there are some clinics that may provide free STD testing and screening services to the general public at zero cost. However, this may not necessarily be satisfactory as it may inconsistent and long waiting hours. Additionally, prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’re tested positive.