Dallas County, where Waukee is a city, has experienced a significant increase in the number of HIV infections, with rates doubling from 21 per 100,000 individuals in both 2014 and 2015 to 43 in 2020.
The chlamydia infection rate has also increased progressively from 241 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 to a high of 322 reported in 2019. The infections were rampant among females, including Whites and African Americans, aged 15 to 24 years.
Gonorrhea rates doubled in a year from 22 per 100,000 persons recorded in 2015 to 44 in 2016, followed by a steady increase to 81 in 2019.
Dallas County Health Department has an STD/HIV program, implemented in collaboration with state, federal, and private partners to promote county residents’ sexual health, including those in the Waukee area. In efforts to mitigate the spread of infections, the program covers comprehensive STD/HIV testing, risk reduction counseling, and awareness campaigns to underscore the need to observe safe sex practices. Through community outreach events, the department can provide sexual healthcare services to at-risk individuals such as commercial sex workers and men who have sex with other men.
As a city dweller in Waukee, several clinics are strategically located for you to visit and access quality HIV/STD testing services. These include Planned Parenthood – West Health Center, The Iowa Clinic Urgent Care, MercyOne Comfort Health Center for Women, and UnityPoint Health – Methodist West Hospital.
You could also access free STD testing at clinics in the city; however, you may be required to meet some pre-specified criteria such as income and welfare eligibility, and some tests are free, not comprehensive.