Not everyone with an STD shows signs of infection, which means you or your partner might be a carrier without even knowing it.
In 2017 there were 444 cases of HIV reported and 103 cases of AIDS, for a total count of 547 cases across the state of Indiana. This is an increase from 413 HIV and 94 AIDS cases reported the year before. Successful treatments have resulted in a general decrease of AIDS cases over the past ten years, though a recent uptick has been seen in the past two years; however, HIV cases have maintained a steady rise.
In the county of Tippecanoe there are currently: 1,178 cases of chlamydia, 395 cases of gonorrhea, and 10 cases of syphilis reported.
Purdue University hosts STI Awareness Week during April, the CDC’s recognized STD Awareness Month. Programs and activities include the Get Yourself Tested Campaign. Free STD testing for HIV is available during April but full or 10-panel tests may not be included.
Private and public testing centers can be found within a short drive. From the Tippecanoe County Health Department on North 6th Street in Lafayette to Aspire Indiana on North 4th Street, there are many testing center options around!