Oklahoma County is home to the state capital, Oklahoma City. As a suburb of OKC, Midwest-City shares many of the same issues as its urban metropolitan counterpart, and the rest of the state.
Being ranked 10th and 5th for chlamydia and gonorrhea respectively, would seem risky enough by itself, but when compared to its relatively low state population, the rate of infection looks disproportionate, and on the rise. Including primary and secondary syphilis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV.
Those affected are most commonly either in the 15-24 year age group, female, or People of Color, according to the 2017 Oklahoma City-County Health Departments Wellness Score. Doctors with the Health Department hypothesize that shame and failing to be screened out of fear or misinformation might be leading to the increased risk of transmission. Officials at the county and state level both are working hard to break this negative stigma circulating around STI screenings.
Oklahoma City-County Health Departments are offering free STD screening until September. Afterward they are slated to return to their typically affordable price. County health departments can even provide antibiotics for low-income individuals. Look for more information on the department’s website.
Otherwise there are dozens of clinic options across Midwest-City and OKC to choose between. Locations from downtown to the burbs. Many will have cheap STD testing available and often can have results back within 1-2 days. You may have more options available to you if you’re a student of Rose State College on 15th street. Check your campus calendar for free testing, especially around April (STD awareness month) and back to school months.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Midwest-City clinics with our easy-to-read chart.