St Louis County health officials are still puzzled about the significant numbers of individuals contracting STDs. Most of the alarming numbers include STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS.
According to a 2017 STI Annual Surveillance Report by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, there was an 8% increase in chlamydia incidences and a 42% increase in new syphilis infections between 2016 and 2017. The highest rates of chlamydia occurred among individuals of age 20-24 – 3656.5 incidences per 100,000 populations.
Furthermore, the report indicated that among the individuals who tested positive to syphilis, 44% of them did not know their HIV status.
SLDPH’s STI Program focuses on providing healthier and improved sexual behavior among county residents to reduce the spread of HIV and STDs. Through this program, infections are investigated and treated, partner notification services, linkage to care, STI surveillance and reporting, and partnerships with other local STD specialty organizations to improve STD care.
Webster Groves residents who would like to know their HIV/STD status may get tested at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health STD clinic on South Central Ave or NW Plaza Dr, St. Ann.
You may also consider visiting the Planned Parenthood Health Center or the St. Louis THRIVE Women’s Healthcare on Lindell Blvd. Another option is the St. Louis Effort for AIDS along Locust St.
Other clinics within Webster Groves may provide free STD testing, although the doctors may not be present on-site for consultations. Other concerns include long wait times and the medical centers might delay the test results for up to 14 days.