Utah has historically had low STD rates in comparison to the rest of the US, but they are rising fast. Health officials are most baffled by the sharp rise in gonorrhea, and they are pushing for comprehensive sex education in schools. They say that online dating apps are allowing people to meet people for sex that they don’t know well, and they are not aware of the risks of unprotected sex or of how to protect themselves.
The problem with gonorrhea is that there is only one medicine left that can treat it, and the disease is becoming resistant to that antibiotic. Now, the focus has to be on prevention over treatment.
In 2016, the HIV prevalence rate in Utah County was 40.3 per 100K people, below Utah’s rate of 115.3 (and well below Salt Lake County’s rate). The county had a chlamydia rate of 176.8 per 100K people, in comparison to Utah’s rate of 315.7. The county’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 27.8 and 1.
The Utah County Health Department on University Ave provides STI testing and treatment. There’s a Planned Parenthood in Orem. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. Keep an eye on the community event calendar in case there are free STD testing opportunities, especially during STD Awareness Month.