The town of Marion, IN is located in the heart of America’s Midwest. It is also home to some of the highest levels of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the state of Indiana.
In 2017, the Marion County Health Department reported 10,487 cases of chlamydia, 4,662 cases of gonorrhea, and 165 cases of syphilis. The concern is that these numbers only reflect the number of people who were tested and found to be positive. Behind these numbers are partners and many others who have STDs but have not been tested and reported.
This means that the problem of STDs in Marion, Indiana is more than likely much worse than the numbers reflect. This is why it is important to get tested, if you live in Marion.
Marion County Public Health officials are concerned because Marion county has a chlamydia rate of 1,117 for every 100,000 residents. Nearly 80% of all reported cases of chlamydia occurred in teens and young adults.
In an effort to reduce the number of STD cases, the Marion County Health Department has established a clinic that is dedicated to helping more people get tested. The Marion County Health Department Sexual Health Clinic offers STD testing services for those who qualify.
Other potentially low-cost services may be available at various locations around town. These include Step Up, Indianapolis Urban League, and the Damien Center.
There are a number of clinics in Marion County that may offer free std testing, but not everyone qualifies for free services. In addition, not all clinics have a physician on staff who can provide consultations.