The number of STDs is alarming in Greene County
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) – Greene County is currently one of the top counties in Missouri for sexually transmitted diseases.
Greene County tops other major metropolitan areas in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
For June 2022, Greene County had 146 reported cases of chlamydia, 72 of gonorrhea, and 111 of syphilis, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
“It’s a lot like the opioid crisis in our community because people don’t want to talk about it,” said Lynne Meyerkord, AIDS Project of the Ozarks. “During COVID 2020 in particular, people didn’t come to get tested, and our testing dropped 57%.”
“Our STD clinic was closed for several years due to the pandemic, and we are now seeing higher numbers,” said Kendra Findley of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
Greene County is seeing an increase in gonorrhea, chlamydia, and another terrible disease, syphilis.
“It looks like one of those diseases that is outdated or old people don’t get it anymore, but it’s still a problem,” Findley said. “We saw a 200% increase in syphilis in Greene County and a 27% jump nationally, according to the CDC.”
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says if you’re pregnant, you should get tested to make sure you don’t pass it on to your baby. Experts say that regardless of your status, sexuality or gender, whether you are symptomatic or not, you should get tested if you are sexually active.
“We also have people who think they’re in a monogamous relationship, and they’re not,” Meyerkord said. “I am thinking of anyone who is sexually active. It doesn’t hurt to get tested several times a year.
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