Superior, WI, the county seat of Douglas County, is experiencing an STD outbreak.
In 2016, the county reported 126 new chlamydia infections. A year later, in 2017, it went up to 142 cases with women having the highest rate at 482 diagnoses per 100,000 residents.
Gonorrhea is also increasing in the county with 15 new diagnoses in 2016, rising to 25. Women had nearly 70% of all diagnoses.
Men and women between the ages of 20 and 24 had the highest STI rates in the county in 2017, followed by 25-29-year-olds. All new infections were in the Western region of the county.
County health officials in Douglas are concerned about the growing number of STD infections in the area and are asking sexually active individuals to get tested regularly to keep themselves and their partners safe from these diseases.
There are dozens of locations in and near Superior that offer comprehensive STD testing. Many of these clinics include related services such as treatment and aftercare.
Screenings are available at the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services at the Public Health Nursing Division on the corner of Cumming Ave and N 14th St in Superior.
Another option is the Health Care Clinic on N 28th St at the Mariner Mall in Superior.
Some locations may provide free STD testing. Proof of income might be required, and free services might not include treatment or any follow-up care. Additionally, securing an appointment at these clinics might be difficult.