Just a short jaunt south of Salt Lake City, Orem is the fifth largest city in Utah and home to a high population of followers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In fact, Time Magazine once named Orem as a top-rated place to live for spiritual well-being. Yet even a chaste community like Orem is at risk with STD rates on the rise.
For the year of 2017, Utah County reported a rate of 190 new cases of chlamydia per 100,000 people. This number seems tame, though, when compared to Salt Lake County’s 466 per 100,000.
Matching nationwide trends, more cases of chlamydia are found to be in the young women of Utah County. For gonorrhea, the Orem area showed 39 new cases per 100,000 in 2017 with the majority of those cases also found in more women than men. As far as primary and secondary syphilis, numbers remained low for Utah County with only 2 new reported cases that year.
If you’re looking to get tested in the Orem area, there are a few affordable options you should be aware of. Planned Parenthood on 1086 North 1200 West offers appointments to walk-ins without symptoms. They can do rapid testing for HIV (results in as little as 20-30 minutes). They offer STI screening and treatment of the following: herpes, bacterial vaginosis (BV), genital warts, syphilis, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. They also offer STD prevention (condoms, vaccines, etc.) as well as education. For a chance at free STD testing, you may need to pick a day off to drive into Salt Lake City and look around. Most public clinics aren’t open on weekends, so plan your trip in advance and be prepared for longer wait times.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Orem clinics with our easy-to-read chart.