Management of sexually transmitted diseases seems to be out-spaced by the skyrocketing incidences in Missouri County. The same has been all the same with Sedalia, Pettis County with only a population of about 23,000 people as per the 2010 US census.
According to the 2016 Bureau of Reportable Disease Informatics, there were 172 chlamydia cases in Pettis county, 28 incidences of gonorrhea and 3 cases of syphilis. There was an increase in 2017 with 210, 39 and 5 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis respectively. Gonorrhea and chlamydia majorly affected women over 70% with syphilis affecting men over 85%.
The report further highlights that 234 new HIV diagnoses were reported in 2015 out of which 84.6% were male and 15.4% females. This bring the totals of people living with HIV to 12,104 in Missouri but with improved health care, death morbidity has lowered drastically.
The Missouri Department of Health is offering targeted STD prevention and Control programs to populations that has been identified as high risk. They include men having sex with other men, injected drug users, heterosexuals and young people. The exposure rate is high among MSM while young people take about 75.1% of HIV/STIs.
Pettis County Health Center on 16th street 911 E in Sedalia is one of the reliable public STD testing and training center you can visit for comprehensive and confidential screening. It’s open from Monday through to Friday although the Wellness Screening is only available on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month.
There are other nearby health centers that might render free STD testing services, although you may have to deal with high traffic or you might wait for long hours to be served. Additionally, some clinics may have few medical personnel to offer services, therefore, they may delay releasing results and the aftercare prescriptions might not be available.