What are the STI test options in Stillwater,OK?
Stillwater—or Stilly as locals often call it—is a Boomer town that has thrived through thick and thin, on the ever-stalwart back of Oklahoma State University (OSU). As is the nature of college towns, activity abounds in Stillwater. Some of that activity, however, has led to a rise in sexually transmitted diseases for the Stillwater area.
Right in between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the home to OSU almost feels like the spiritual center of Oklahoma, so it fits that its STD and STI transmission rates mirror the rest of The Sooner State. Being ranked 10th and 5th for chlamydia and gonorrhea respectively, would seem risky enough by itself, but when compared to its relatively low state population, the rate of infection looks disproportionate, and on the rise. Including primary and secondary syphilis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV.
Those affected are most commonly either in the 15-24 year age group, female, or People of Color, according to the 2017 Oklahoma City-County Health Departments Wellness Score.
Health Department officials hypothesize that shame and failing to be screened out of fear or misinformation might be leading to the increased risk of transmission. They also feel the number amongst males is likely higher than reported. Jan Fox hypothesized that womens’ rates likely appear higher because they receive an STD screening with their annual check-ups, and men often do not receive an annual check-up.
Free or low-cost STD testing is available through County Health Departments near you. The Payne County Health Department, located on 7th, offers STI screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and hepatitis. For students of OSU, check your campus calendar for affordable or free opportunities to get tested.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Stillwater clinics with our easy-to-read chart.