Health officials in Pennsylvania are worried about rising STD rates. However, Scranton’s rates aren’t among the highest.
In 2015, Lackawanna County’s HIV prevalence rate was 161 per 100K people. In 2016, the chlamydia rate was 239.7 per 100K people, well under Pennsylvania’s rate of 444.7. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 25.5 and 0.9.
Don’t start getting smug at your low STD rates, Scranton. STDs are preventable, and those rates should still go down. Health officials urge every sexually active person to always use protection and to get tested often, even if you are not experiencing symptoms.
Most STDs are asymptomatic in the beginning but can cause lasting problems if left undetected and untreated—not to mention that they can still be passed along.
Scranton only has a few STD-testing clinics, but you should be able to find something. At one educational institution, free STD testing is available for students who have paid the fee. Scranton Primary Health Care Center, on Wyoming Ave, does STI testing on a sliding fee scale.