In Springfield cases of STDs continue to increase. Reported cases of HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, primary and secondary syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea have all increased. The year 2016 saw 15,028 cases of chlamydia, 5,392 cases of gonorrhea, and 208 cases of syphilis reported across the state.
Chlamydia rates, which were reported in 2018 as 477.4 per 100,000 residents, compares to the national average. As of 2016, there were 12,606 people living with HIV, with the majority being males, and this was an increase from the 11,584 reported in 2013.
In 2013, Greene County reported 1,272 cases of chlamydia, 322 cases of gonorrhea, and 14 cases of syphilis. By 2017 this had increased to 2,020 cases of chlamydia, 819 cases of gonorrhea, and 59 cases of syphilis.
Springfield testing locations include the Planned Parenthood of Saint Louis Region and Southwest Missouri on East Battlefield Street and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department on East Chestnut. The AIDS Project of the Ozarks can be found on East Bennett and the Christian County Health Department has testing services at 301 East Brick Street.
National HIV and AIDS Testing Day occurs annually on June 27th. Multiple locations hold free STD testing events in honor of this occasion. It is important to note that this service is often only available once a year. Throughout the area you can find locations that distribute condoms and dental dams; offer counseling and free STD testing; assist with partner notification; and provide education and vaccination opportunities.