Sexually transmitted diseases (STD), also referred to as STIs have become a serious health issue in Linn County. County health professionals have noted chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea as the most reported infectious diseases in the county.
In a statement released by the Linn County Health Department, gonorrhea and syphilis had a higher prevalence rate than that of the state. In 2012, the morbidity rate of chlamydia per 100,000 population was 467, with a total number of 986 new diagnoses.
Furthermore, the report also signified lower gonorrhea rates. The number of cases reported for every 100,000 population was 109. Health clinics in the county recorded a total of 230 incidences.
The Iowa Department of Public Health, in association with the Linn County Health, spearheads the STD Program. This STI prevention division aims to partner with other agencies and clinics to provide sexual health education and care services, including gonorrhea and chlamydia testing and screening centers.
The initial step toward STD management is getting tested. The Linn County Public Health Clinic, set on 2nd Street SW may provide HIV and STD testing and treatment. However, care services are available to those who book appointments. While there, you may ask for safer-sex tools like free condoms.
Also, you may consider going to the Planned Parenthood clinic of East Central Iowa, which is nestled along A Avenue NE. Clients may get tested and treated for the common STDs.
Other reputable clinics across Marion may offer free STD testing. The primary problem of visiting a free STD testing center is the unavailability of health workers during your visit, which may, at times, conflict with your work hours.
Long waiting hours for test results may be another disadvantage of free STD centers. Also, having to come for a consultation, then schedule another appointment for testing makes free STD testing centers not an ideal alternative.