As a college town with an active military reservation nearby, Manhattan could be expected to have high STD rates. Actually, Riley County’s HIV rate is lower than surrounding counties—23 per 100K people in 2015.
But the bacterial STD rates tell another story. In 2017, Riley County had 207 cases of chlamydia, at a rate of 691.3 per 100K people, and this is higher than the Kansas rate of 466.1. Since the biggest demographic of chlamydia sufferers is young women, those numbers are not surprising. The gonorrhea rate was 120 (below the Kansas rate of 156.3) and the rate of primary and secondary syphilis was 5.5.
Health officials recommend every sexually active person be tested regularly and always use protection.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Manhattan, and you should always keep an eye out for community calendars and free STD testing events, especially during STD Awareness Month.
The Riley County Health Dept provides STI testing at their clinic on Tecumseh Rd. The fee is on a sliding scale based on your income. Kansas State University offers STI screening for students at their Lafene Health Center.