Lemay is a central-designated area located in south St. Louis County. The county has recorded declining and hiking STD counts over the past years. That might be due to factors such as variating sociocultural sexual activities amongst the residents and visitors.
In 2017, newly diagnosed HIV cases were 2,091. The count surged to 2,254 incidents recorded in both 2018 and 2019.
Gonorrhea’s case count showcased an increase from 2,599 infections in 2017 to 2,791 positive diagnoses in 2018 to 2,990 in 2019.
Chlamydia also recorded a hike in infections, from 6,161 new infections recorded in 2017 to 6,451 in 2018 to 6,586 in 2019. In comparison to other STDs, chlamydia records the highest numbers.
Total syphilis incidents also soared from 270 new infections in 2017 to 328 positive diagnoses in 2018. The count further increased to 348 in 2019.
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health constantly assesses the quality of health within the county and develops plans and programs to curb health issues such as the rising numbers of STD infections.
Low-income PLWHA and those with no insurance covers can benefit from medication assistance, transportation support, and housing assistance courtesy of The ADAP and the Ryan White Programs.
Medical facilities offering STD services in the Lemay area include Planned Parenthood – South Grand Health Center, Project Ark, and Vivent Health.
Some clinics offer free STD testing, although with some shortcomings. The setbacks might include doctors not being available on-site and testing services being free but non-comprehensive.