Lawrence health officials are worried about the rising STD rates, especially gonorrhea. The problem with gonorrhea is that there is only one medicine left to treat it, and the strain is becoming resistant to the antibiotic. While the disease has actually increased, better testing methods have also led to the higher rates.
The demographic with the highest rates is adults in their 20s. Health officials urge all sexually active people to always use protection and get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
In 2017, there were 80 people living with HIV or AIDS in Douglas County. The same year, Douglas County had 875 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 732.6 per 100K people. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 220.2 and 3.3.
There aren’t too many clinics in Lawrence, but there are more options closer to Kansas City. There is free STD testing available for students, but only for HIV. You can be tested at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department on Maine St. The University of Kansas Watkins Health Services also provides STI testing.