Sexually transmitted diseases in Iowa has been one of the state’s health concerns. HIV has dropped; in 2017 only 125 new cases were reported compared to the previous year’s 137. With a prevalence rate of 88 cases per 100,000, Iowa has 2,790 people living with HIV as of end of year 2017.
According to the CDC surveillance report, Chlamydia the most prevalent STD has a rate of 535.3 in women and 240.6 cases per 100,000 among the men. Gonorrhea new infection rates were 72.3 per 100,000 people while that of P&S syphilis was 2.4 in 2015 an increase from 0.7 in 2011. In 2018, there were 14,695 reported cases of chlamydia -5.8% increase, 4,839 cases for gonorrhea – 28. % increase and 283 cases for syphilis, a 1.7% increase.
The report indicates that men having sex with other men along with those who injected drugs accounted for about 70% of the new diagnosis in men. The most vulnerable women were those between 15 and 30 years. Iowa was then ranked 35th among 50 states for new STD rates.
Iowa Department of Public Health funded by the CDC and the Federal government has laid out STD prevention programs aimed at inversing the STD trend in the county.
There are several clinics and health facility that offer STD screening and testing along with other services. For instance, you may consider visiting Planned Parenthood subsidiary facility in Marshalltown, IA for STD testing and screening services.
Similarly, some local clinics within the area may offer free STD screening and testing services. However, the scope of services provided may depend on income and welfare eligibility. If STD results turns out positive, you might not get prescriptions after test care.