The United States of America reported about 1.7 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases in 2017, in 2018 the numbers climbed up to over 2.3 million. The case has been a replica of the La Porte STD statistics that continue to record new highs from 2013 through to 2018.
According to Indiana STD counts and rates County data, La Porte had 129 cases of chlamydia in 2013 at a rate of 115.7, 399 cases of gonorrhea at 358 per 100,000 populations. Infection rate in syphilis was less than 5. In 2017, chlamydia and gonorrhea incidences had moved upwards to 527 and 159 at the rate of 475.8 and 143.6 respectively. Syphilis rate remained flat.
Health Officials have termed the increased STD rates as alarming; this because of STD prevention measures put in place that seem to out-space the disease spread.
Indiana State Department of Public Health has set up STD preparedness programs aimed at control and management of STD with focus on new diagnoses and areas that appear to be most hit. Rural areas in this case is a bracket that needs attention as there are limited STD screening facilities.
STD testing clinics offer chlamydia test, gonorrhea test, syphilis test, Hepatitis test, HPV vaccines among other services confidentially. Public facilities that are available in La Porte are; La Porte County Health Department Office 809 state street 401 A and planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky- Michigan City Health Center on 2424 Franklin street in Michigan Indiana.
Moreover, some local clinics within La Porte might render free STD testing and screening services. However, these medical centers may use your household income, age and residency area to qualify for these services. The health centers may not allow you see doctors on the premise or you might be charged for consulting doctors.