Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have been a health concern for Waterloo, IA health authorities in the recent past. The situation was detailed in a 2016 statistical report delivered by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
According to the survey, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia are the most reported STDs in Black Hawk County. Between 2013 and 2016, gonorrhea incidences had shot up by 75%. Syphilis, whose graph remained plateaued for four years, experienced a rise of 450% from 2011 to 2013.
A report by county health rankings showed that chlamydia rates in Waterloo remain among the highest in Iowa. Between 2013 – 2016, the county recorded 665.3 cases of chlamydia per 100,000.
Black Hawk County has several clinics that you can visit for HIV and STD testing as a Waterloo resident. The Black Hawk County Health clinic located along Independence Ave. provides confidential, free STD testing although, you’ll have to schedule for an appointment only during the clinic days.
The Planned Parenthood Cedar Falls Center is a great option if you have STD concerns during pregnancy. Their STD screening services cover most sexually transmitted infections and prevention programs. The clinic offers safe sex education and free condoms to sexually active individuals.
Other urgent care clinics in Waterloo, IA may provide comprehensive medical care on STD cases. For example, the Allen Women’s Health, located on Vold Drive, is an excellent option for STD testing and treatment. The clinic also welcomes clients who don’t have insurance. The Vold Drive health center welcomes walk-ins for all clients including pregnant women.