A gradual increase in HIV cases has been reported from the year 2009 when 194 cases at a rate of 67 percent per 100,000 persons were reported. In 2016, the number rose to 270 cases, a rate of 38 percent.
Compared to other STDs, Syphilis cases were low but have increased over the years as well. In 2015 alone, there were 15 cases at a rate of 4 percent per 100,000 persons reported.
In that same year, Chlamydia infections in St Charles County were the highest compared to other STDs. A startling 1,136 cases at a rate of 295 per 100,000 persons were reported.
Gonorrhea came second to Chlamydia in the following year with high infection rates totaling to 266 cases of Gonorrhea at a rate of 69 percent per 100,000.
To reduce the number of STD/HIV infections, St Charles County Department of Health has developed a systematic monitoring model of HIV/STD infections in the community. The Department of Health is also involved in an intensive outreach program for individuals not engaged in medical care within 6 months of a new HIV diagnosis.
There are a number of health care facilities in St Charles that offer STD/HIV treatment where you can check your sexual health status.
Progress West Hospital, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital, and BJC health care are some of the facilities that you can walk-in or book an appointment to access STD/HIV services.
Free HIV/STD screening and testing may be offered in some of the health centers but results might not be immediate and you might have to wait for 1 or 2 weeks.