There has been a spike in sexually transmitted diseases in Missouri. In 2015, the state was listed 23rd for increased HIV incidences with 465 new cases of adults and adolescents. Rolla teenagers are engaging in sex early with 40.1% of the 10th graders reporting to have ever had sex.
According to 2015 CDC report, the new diagnoses for syphilis had climbed up from 2.3 cases per 100,000 to 5.1 cases with 9 congenital cases documented between 2011-2015. Gonorrhea had an infection rate 147.5 ranked 10th. Chlamydia was at 477.4 states rate while the rate of females was 645 compared to male rate of 303.3.
Missouri Health Department notes that Chlamydia has greatly impacted women and people of the Black race whose infection rates are 669.9 and 1675.8 cases per 100,000 people in 2018 respectively.
Health officials in Rolla have been conducting sexual health education encouraging people to learn good morals and behaviors and unlearn risky behaviors. They are also sensitizing the public on the importance of regular STD testing making them understand the health and cost burden they have to bear and impact of untreated STDs.
Franklin County Department of Health along 414 East main street in Union, Washington County Health Department on Purcell drive 520 in Potosi and Gasconade County Health Department – Hermann Office on 300 Schiller street are some of the public health centers that offer confidential and effective STD testing.
Elsewhere, you may find clinics that might render free STD testing services, but health centers may use your household income and residency criteria to determine your eligibility for these service. In addition, the clinics may not offer comprehensive testing or the results may delay for several days.