Manchester is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri. Over the past few years, the health department has observed a surge in HIV infections. In 2015, HIV cases increased from 1,842 to 2,279 by the end of 2020.
The county also had experienced alarming STD cases. According to the Health Department, Gonorrhoea had 2,623 cases in 2016. In the following year of 2017, the cases declined to 2,599 cases. By the end of 2018, the infections had reached a high of 2,791.
The number of individuals living with Chlamydia also multiplied over the years. The report indicated a rise of Chlamydia from 5,698 cases in 2016 to 6,586 cases in 2019.
On the other hand, Syphilis cases have been alarming. According to the report, Syphilis cases rose from 190 in 2016 to 348 in 2019.
Saint Louis County Department of Public Health provides education and promote PrEP benefits among intravenous drug users, Latino and African-American MSM, transgender, and sex workers when screening for STD/HIV. It also collaborates with local Emergency Departments to help them connect persons seeking PEP/PrEP services.
In Manchester city, there are plenty of public medical clinics that offer free STD testing. However, a doctor’s consultation might be an extra charge, and the results might not be immediate.
Planned Parenthood – West County Health Center and Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care are among the available facilities in Manchester city that provides HIV/STD examination. Residents can also visit Mercy Hospital St. Louis and St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital for sexual health services.