What are the STI test options in Saint Louis,MO?
For over a decade St. Louis has led the nation for rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. Recently the city dropped to a second place ranking, a move in the right direction but far from where it needs to be to stop the STD epidemic.
Between 2015 and 2017 numbers for the three most commonly reported STDs – gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis – all increased. Chlamydia cases rose to 15,500, gonorrhea rose to 6,558 reported cases, and syphilis rose to 528 reported cases. These numbers were an increase from 417 syphilis cases, 5,200 gonorrhea cases, and 15,500 chlamydia cases.
Of particular concern are the risks to unborn children when pregnant women are infected. Congenital syphilis cases are on the rise, a condition that can result in infant mortality. In response to the incredible STD threat in St. Louis, officials are joining forces with the county and looking to hire a new city-wide contractor for testing services in order to provide better care for residents.
How do you protect your health? Through regular testing and preventative measures.
St. Louis offers many locations throughout the city for testing services to protect yourself and your partners. From the Community Wellness Project located on Olive Street to the Grace Hill Murphy-O’Fallon Health Center on Biddle Street, it’s easy to find a testing center.
You can also take advantage of the city’s free STD testing programs. Information for locations and dates can be found on the county health department’s website.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.