The community of Saint Joseph, Missouri is very passionate about sexual health education. They keep their website up-to-date with current information on sexually transmitted diseases, prevention, and treatment options. They even offer many free educational programs and special outreach events for teens and adults. Like the rest of the country, the Saint Joseph area is concerned about the rising instances of bacterial infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis). The rate for people in Buchanan County living with HIV infections was 204 per 100,000 people in 2013. Chlamydia was logged at a rate of 560 per 100,000 people, gonorrhea at 381 per 100,000, and syphilis at 19 for every 100,000.
The Saint Joseph area has seen a rise in HIV infections since 2006. These staggering statistics have prompted the Saint Joseph city council to enter into a contract with the greater Missouri department of health and senior services.
The contract money will go toward providing more HIV/AIDS related services to Buchanan County.
The Saint Joseph Health Department offers STD (including hepatitis C) and HIV testing for the very affordable minimal price (insurance also accepted). They’re located over on 10th st, but testing is by appointment only so call ahead. Same day testing may or may not be available depending on demand. Treatment is available onsite for chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea, though results are typically not available for one to two weeks. Check out the health department’s social calendar for events with free STI testing, especially during the month of April (STD awareness month).
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