The community of West Des Moines, Iowa is rapidly growing. With that rapid growth, sexually transmitted disease diagnoses are also on the rise.
According to current data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, the number of cases for both chlamydia and gonorrhea continues to surge.
Chlamydia diagnoses have increased 5.8% from 2017, with gonorrhea up a staggering 28.3%. Syphilis reported a decrease, albeit slight, of 1.7 percent in 2018.
The West Des Moines area is an appealing place to live for people of all ages. With so many options available for work, dining, and shopping—it offers a rich, varied dating scene. State officials report that the majority of new chlamydia diagnoses are being found in young adults under the age of 25. Whereas gonorrhea cases are more commonly found when testing among older age groups. While chlamydia is the most common STD in Iowa—and nationally—it’s often hard to detect because of its mild or sometimes nonexistent symptoms.
The rise of chlamydia cases in younger people has prompted the county to increase STD testing. Initiatives are even underway to provide better sexual health education to the public. Polk County officials suspect that social media and online dating culture may be partially to blame for the upswing of chlamydia numbers.
Affordable, low cost testing for HIV, herpes, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea is available at Planned Parenthood-Rosenfield Health Center on East Army Post road. Primary Health Care on University offers free HIV and STI testing at their clinic. While they do not offer herpes testing at this time they do cover both hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
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