Between 2011 and 2016, gonorrhea cases rose from thirteen to eighty-six cases in Kay County, Oklahoma. Chlamydia cases also increased during the same period, growing from 328.6 cases per 100,000 people to 346.9 cases per 100,000 people. Also, in 2014, there were thirty-two HIV/Aids cases in the county and an HIV prevalence rate of 84 for every 100,000 people.
Between 2011 and 2013, there was little change in the number of syphilis cases in Kay County, Oklahoma, with the number of cases rising from one to two in 2013.
County residents can seek STD testing at various locations in the area like AMC Ponca Care on North 14th Street. This locations offers walk-in services and is open seven days a week.
Kay County Health Department (Ponca City Office) as well as Living Hope Pregnancy Center on Fairview Avenue allows people to schedule appointments in advance and offers STD testing to area residents. Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Testing on North Union Street may also be a viable testing option. This location offers a urine analysis as well as other tests.
Some county residents may be eligible for free STD testing at different locations in the county. However, many locations may have limited or inconvenient hours of operation.
Also, The STD tests offered may be insufficient and may not provide comprehensive results. Also, people that test positive for an STD may not have access to medical consultation or prescriptions for medication.