The annual STD incidences in Muscatine County have recently sent ripples across Iowa’s sexual health scene. However, the higher numbers of newly diagnosed STIs can be attributed to bolstered surveillance systems and improved testing services.
According to a 2017 Disease Surveillance Data Report by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Muscatine County recorded four new cases of syphilis in 2017, as compared to five (5) incidences in 2014. Chlamydia rate in 2017 was 456.5 with a total of 196 cases; a 12% rise in cases from 2016.
Additionally, in 2017, the number of gonorrhea incidences jumped from 9 in 2016 to 12 in 2017.
The Project Healthy Iowa Men (HIM), a statewide HIV/STD prevention program operated by the Project of Primary Healthcare in collaboration with the Siouxland Communi9ty Health. The program provides primary HIV care, community outreach, social media networking, and stigma-reduction efforts.
County health officials continue to implore people to get tested and know their STD/HIV status. One STD testing clinic is the Trinity Muscatine Public Health Center. Another one is the Unity Point Health, which operates under the Muscatine Public Health’s address.
Furthermore, you may also visit nearby health centers such as the Scott County Health Department STD clinic and the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Iowa City.
Muscatine residents can also choose nearby medical centers within the town that might render free STD testing. However, most of them may expend their services at inconvenient hours and most at times you may find long queues during your visit. Additionally, clients may be required to pay extra cash for comprehensive testing services.