Incidences of sexually transmitted diseases in Dalles, Wasco County Oregon state has continued to spiral upwards subjecting people to a public health scare. With CDC reporting over 2 million new diagnoses of STDs in the U.S 2018; Hayesville data has equally jumped.
According to the Annual STD Surveillance Report of 2017, 1,669 new incidences of chlamydia, 525 cases of gonorrhea, 123 cases of syphilis and 17 cases of HIV. Syphilis has increased 6 times in Marion county since 2012 and the same case as gonorrhea with 600% rise, chlamydia has more than doubled.
Wasco County Public Health has established that about 42% of males infected with STDS are men having sex with other men, while 21% are injected drug users while about 10% are men in heterosexual/gay relationship and injecting drugs, which form high risk population.
The Dalles Division of Public Health along with CDC Ohio have gazetted April as the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Month concurrently running a GET Yourself Tested Campaign (GYT) that urges all sexually active persons to go for regular checkup. This comes following a five year rise in STDs.
STD testing entails through examination for any bacterial or viral infection that is infectious. Some of the Public health centers one can visit include the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Portland and the Sunnyside Health Center situated in Clackamas.
Alternatively, other nearby clinics may render free STD testing services but some medical centers may open and operate at inconvenient hours and walk-in options might not exist. Additionally, you may not get aftercare prescriptions if your test results turn out positive.