Sexually transmitted diseases [STD] (also known as sexually transmitted infections) are a serious issue that if left untreated, may lead to serious outcomes such as infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, cancer, increased pain and inflammation, loss of vision or hearing, or death. The most commonly contracted STDs in the United States are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Human Papillomavirus [HPV], and Trichomoniasis. A majority of STDs are spread through direct sexual contact, and occur among individuals 15 to 24 years of age. For additional information about the connection between age and STD infection see the CDC's, Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Young Americans.
Linn County STD Services
In 2012, the rate of new cases of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Linn County exceeded that of the entire state of Iowa. During this period, Linn County exhibited 467 cases of Chlamydia per 100,000 (986 cases) and 109 cases of Gonorrhea per 100,000 (230 cases). Comparatively, the rate of new Chlamydia cases in Iowa was 366 cases per 100,000 (11,139 cases) and 65 cases of Gonorrhea per 100,000 (1,982 cases). In response to this prevailing county-wide issue, LCPH provides a variety of services to reduce the rates of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Linn County. Efforts include increased education, STD testing, and prevention services.
STD testing is available to the residents of Linn County by either appointment or walk-in. If you wish to set-up an appointment, please call the clinic at 319.892.6093. Normal clinic hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday through Friday. While at your appointment, ask about getting FREE CONDOMS!