As is the case in many cities throughout the United States, communities in Douglas County, including the county seat of Roseburg, Oregon, are seeing an increase in STD rates like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
According to state records, the number of new chlamydia cases reported rose from 333 reported cases in 2017 to 328 reported cases in 2018. During this same timeframe, gonorrhea rates more than doubled as the number of new cases reported increased from 65 reported cases in 2017 to 140 reported cases in 2018.
Syphilis rates jumped by more than 33 percent from 2017 to 2018, as the number of new cases reported rose from 9 reported cases in 2017 to 12 reported cases in 2018.
According to Douglas County records, there were 80 male residents and 25 female residents living with HIV or AIDS as of April 29, 2019.
There are several healthcare centers in Roseburg, Oregon, that may offer STD testing, such as the HIV Alliance and Harm Reduction Center. In addition, many private medical facilities, such as local physician’s offices might provide STD or HIV testing options. Residents can find most of these offices located along West Harvard Avenue or just off Pacific Highway.
Roseburg residents can also travel one hour north into Springfield, Oregon, to find additional possible testing locations, such as Planned Parenthood – Regional Health and Education Center, Lane County Public Health, and HIV Alliance of Springfield.
Some testing locations may advertise low-cost or free STD testing, but in some cases, not everyone qualifies for free services. You may need to meet specific residency and income guidelines to qualify for free testing. In addition, some clinics don’t offer immediate results or after-test treatment.