Shawnee County, KS, has been dealing with the problem of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) for a long time. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are some of the STDs that have been commonly reported.
The County Health Department revealed that, in 2018, there were 825 new gonorrhea diagnoses. This was the highest number of the STD’s cases recorded among all counties in Kansas.
Chlamydia had 1,284 new infections reported during the same year, a rate that was also alarmingly high. Syphilis rates came last with 26 new cases.
The rate of gonorrhea infections in the county was 174.3 cases per 100,000 people in 2015. It rose to 334.6 in 2017 and hit 468.6 cases for every 100,000 population in 2018. Chlamydia’s rate per 100,000 people was 720.6 cases. This was an increase from 2015’s rate that was 501.7 cases for every 100,000 individuals.
A report published by the County Health Department in its EPI-SURVeillance newsletter in 2019 revealed that between 2008 and 2018, the levels of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis diagnoses continued to rise.
You may consider visiting the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (Mission) health center if you want to get tested for sexually transmitted infections.
Other health facilities around include the City of Kansas City Health Department, Junction City-Geary County Health Department and Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
There are clinics which may be offering free STD testing to those who meet their set criteria. However, you may not access the services if you are not qualified. In addition, the long waiting hours might be inconvenient during the visiting hours.