The county seat of La Crosse County, La Crosse, is a college town—drawing many new residents every year. With an ever-changing population, La Crosse hasn’t managed to dodge the nationwide trend of rising STD rates.
For 2016, the La Crosse area reported 528 new cases of chlamydia. 68% of those new cases affected women and 260 of those cases from young adults in the 20-24 age range.
Giving La Crosse County a rate of 503 per 100,000 people tested. The second most common STI, gonorrhea, was reported at a reasonably low rate of 30 per 100,000 people. It also was found most commonly in young adults aged 15-24. Syphilis, both primary and secondary, had a rate of 4 per 100,000 in 2016. Only 2 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in La Crosse in 2016.
If you’re in the La Crosse area and need to get tested, there are a few affordable options available. Essential Health Clinic on Caledonia Street offers testing for: chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, genital herpes, HIV, and trichomoniasis. HIV and trichomoniasis results are available the same day, but other test results may take a week or more. They prefer you call ahead to schedule your appointment, but will try to squeeze in walk-ins. The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin might offer free STD testing (for eligible patients), and also screens for STIs in people living with HIV, call for an appointment.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across La Crosse clinics with our easy-to-read chart.