Communities in Portage County, including Stevens Point, Wisconsin, experienced an increase in the number of newly reported STD cases from 2016 to 2017.
State Surveillance Reports show that chlamydia rates in Portage County rose from 313.4 cases per 100,000 residents in 2016 to 354.7 cases per 100,000 residents in 2017. Gonorrhea rates in the county spiked by 122% as the number of newly reported cases rose from 9 cases in 2016 to 20 cases in 2017.
Syphilis rates, however, remained fairly steady, as the number of newly reported cases only rose by one from 2016 to 2017, with 2 newly reported cases in 2016 and 3 newly reported cases in 2017.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Portage County had 2 newly reported HIV cases in 2018, which represents a rate of 3.6 per 100,000 residents.
While STD testing resources are limited in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, there are several healthcare clinics that may offer STD testing, such as Healthfirst Network, Marshfield Clinic – Stevens Point Center, and Portage County Health and Human Services Department. In addition, some private physicians might also provide STD and HIV testing. Many of these doctor offices are located just off Division Street.
Residents of Stevens Point can also travel an hour east into Appleton for access to several additional healthcare centers that may offer STD or HIV testing, including Planned Parenthood – Appleton Health Care Center, WomanKind Medical Center, and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.
Some clinics may advertise low cost or even free STD testing, but you might have to meet income and residency requirements to qualify for free services.