Mequon city has a long-standing struggle with STDs in teens and young people such that 1 in 5 has contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Africa Americans are the hardest hit accounting up to 50% of all new infections in the region.
According to the Wisconsin Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report of 2017, Ozaukee county where Mequon city sits reported 843 cases of chlamydia, 70 cases of gonorrhea and 52 cases of syphilis among the 20 to 24 year olds. For the teenager between 15 and 19 years, 527 cases of chlamydia and none for both syphilis and gonorrhea were reported.
Unprotected sex has teenage pregnancy and high STD rates as the only possible outcomes. Resources have been channeled into both STD control and prevention in order to curb this silent epidemic.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Wisconsin State has failed in ensuring all young and sexually active persons are out of danger of contracting any sexually transmitted diseases. However, there are prevention and control efforts that has the community, schools, and healthcare providers as stakeholders.
There are many STD testing centers in Mequon you can visit or booking for screening. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin based along Roosevelt road in Kenosha is one public center to consider.
Some clinics within this locality might offer free STD testing, but you may experience delay in service delivery since the facilities have long ques and the doctors might not be available. Besides, the medical facilities might need you to produce some credentials to verify your area of residency to qualify for low-cost services.