Republic, MO, is a city in Christian and Greene counties. Over the past few years, Greene County has shown a steady increase in the HIV prevalence rate from 485 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 and 2015 to a high of 543 in 2020.
According to data from the Bureau of Reportable Disease Informatics, Chlamydia infections in the county surged from a rate of 1,923 per 100,000 persons in 2016 to a high of 2,258, followed by a slight decrease to 2,040 in 2019.
The rate of Gonorrhea infections fluctuated from 724 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 to 992 in 2018, before a slight drop to 935 in 2019.
The data also indicated that the rate of total Syphilis infections in the county tripled from 32 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 to 91 in 2018 and remained fairly constant, with 86 recorded in 2019.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is committed to preventing the spread of STDs among sexually active city and county residents. Its public health officials assist with confidential testing and treatment, including those whose partners have tested positive for STIs. The county health department also collaborates with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to increase HIV/STD awareness among teens and young adults.
Planned Parenthood – Springfield Health Center offers comprehensive sexual health services, including HIV/STD testing, to city dwellers. Other health care facilities in the Republic area include Family Medical Walk-In Clinic, Select Specialty Hospital – Springfield, and Cox Medical Center.
You can also visit some city clinics that offer free STD testing, but some tests are free, not comprehensive, and a doctor’s consultation might be an extra charge.