The incidence rate of HIV infections in Liberal, the county seat of Seward County, declined from 152 per 100,000 persons in 2013 to 125 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
Commonly referred to as the silent STI, Chlamydia had the highest prevalence rate in the county with infections being rampant among young women. The overall rate of Chlamydia in the county increased from 441.5 in 2012 to 573.1 per 100,000 in 2018.
In the same period, there were no reported Syphilis infections in the county.
The rate of Gonorrhea infections almost doubled over the last few years. The rate of the infections was 42.9 in 2012 and rose to 81.2 by the end of 2018.
Steward County Department of Health has come up with several interventions to prevent new HIV/STD infections. These interventions include condom distributions, STI/HIV testing, syringe exchange for IDU’s, HCV testing and referral, linkage to care, and health education.
There are several medical centers in Liberal city such as Xpress Wellness Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Wichita Health Center committed to maintaining your sexual health with diverse sexual health services. Southwest Medical Cente and Brookdale Liberal Springs are also some of the options you may explore for reproductive services.
Liberal city is among the cities that have the highest rates of STDs. So, if you go into a medical clinic and request for free STD testing as a sexually active person, you may receive it, but walk-options and doctor consultation might not be available.