Sexually transmitted diseases in Klamath County have been on the rise over the past decade. County health officials have been left with no choice but to look for effective prevention strategies to prevent further spread of STDs.
According to an STD Report by the Oregon Health Authority, Klamath County recorded an increase of chlamydia cases in 2010-2016, from 180 to 269 cases. The highest chlamydia incident rate occurred among individuals of age 20-24 years.
Additionally, gonorrhea cases in the county remained stable between 2016 and 2017 with 61 and 60 cases respectively. The incident rate in 2017 was 61.6 cases per 100,000 population.
In its attempt to curb the transmission of HIV/AIDS, the CDC came up with the “HIV Treatment Works”. The campaign shares stories of HIV+ individuals who are successfully managing their health by seeking treatment. The goal is to see PLWHA leading longer and healthier lives.
Sexually active individuals are at risk of contracting STDs. If you’d like to know you HIV/STD status, you can visit the Klamath County Public Health STI Specialty clinic which is nestled along Main St. The clinic may offer confidential and discreet testing and treatment services.
Another alternative is the HIV Alliance which has several outlets for STD care and testing services. They include clinics on West Luellen, Roseburg; Beverly Ave NE, Salem; City View St, Eugene; and Holly St, Medford.
You can also opt to get tested at one of the nearby clinics which might offer free STD testing services in Klamath Falls. However, these clinics may only offer a limited number of STD tests and may delay releasing results for up to two weeks. Also, you may not have multiple payment options.