Residents of Raytown, MO, continue to fight the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the region as their rates continue to surge. According to data collected by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, gonorrhea is one of the most commonly reported STIs.
Information from the health department showed that it had 2,480 infections recorded in Johnson County in 2016. The following year saw the gonorrhea cases rise to 2,906. This was the highest number of gonorrheal diagnoses ever reported since 2000.
The 2013 County Health Rankings in Missouri used statistics released by the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). They showed that Jackson County had 2,834 cases of HIV reported in 2009; with a prevalence rate of 491.
The Jackson County Health Department promotes awareness about STDs in the region. It focuses on reducing the number of residents affected by the infections per year. They also counsel people living with the diseases and educate them on how they can minimize the STDs’ complications.
To access STD/HIV tests you may visit the Jackson County Health Department in Independence, MO. Other options include the Planned Parenthood – Patty Brous Health Center and the Planned Parenthood – Independence Health Center.
Low-cost or free STD testing services may be available at some public clinics near Raytown. However, they may be for a few selected sexually transmitted infections. Also, they might consider factors like income and welfare eligibility to determine residents who are qualified for them.