STD Testing in Des Moines, IA

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Des Moines STD Testing Centers

Des Moines' private testing facilities provide diagnostic testing for a variety of conditions, so other patients won't know the reason for your visit. Your test results will be kept private, and will be available to you quickly--usually in 3 business days or less.

STD Statistics in Des Moines, IA

STD cases have increased in Des Moines and the greater Polk County area over the last several years. Chlamydia has remained the most commonly reported STD in the region. In 2009, there were a total of 1,632 cases of chlamydia reported in the area. In 2015, there were a total of 2,382 cases of chlamydia reported in the area. Cases of gonorrhea have also increased in that time. In 2009, there were a total of 258 cases of gonorrhea reported in the area. In 2015, there were a total of 628 cases of gonorrhea in the region. Syphilis cases have been rising in Des Moines. In 2009, there were a total of 10 cases of syphilis reported in Des Moines. In 2015, there were a total of 67 cases of syphilis reported in the city.3

In 2014, there were a total of 104 newly diagnosed cases of HIV in the state of Iowa that year. 75% of people living with HIV in Iowa are male. The largest at-risk group for HIV was the black community which accounted for 80% of all new cases of HIV in Iowa. The most common mode of transmission in Iowa was in men who have sex with other men which accounted for 73% of all cases reported in men.4 The Centers for Disease Control recommends that any person over the age of 13 and under the age of 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.5

STDs and Sexual Education in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines follows all state laws that outline sexual health education requirements in Iowa. While state law does require a sexual health curriculum to be included in the normal health and physical education program, the actual topics are determined by localized school boards. It is not required that school districts teach about abstinence or contraceptives. All information presented to students is legally required to be medically accurate, age-appropriate and bias free. The state of Iowa has elected not to accept federal funding to expand abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. State legislation also dictates that STD and HIV/AIDS education be included in any sexuality or sexual health curriculum. The specific topics discussed in the classroom are also dictated by the local school board. A student does not need to obtain permission from their parent or guardian to participate in this program although a parent or guardian does have the right to opt out their child.6 High school aged people account for a large portion of reported STDs in Des Moines. In 2015, people between the ages of 15 and 24 were the second largest group to report cases of any STDs in Iowa.3 The CDC suggests that all women with multiple partners, regardless of age, should also be tested for STDs. It is recommended that any sexually active person should be tested once a year for STDs.5

STDs and Demographics in Des Moines, IA

In 2015, there were a total of 2,382 cases of chlamydia reported in Des Moines and Polk County. In the same year, chlamydia was most common in women between the ages of 20 and 24. Women accounted for 69.3% of all chlamydia cases reported. White people were the largest at-risk groups for chlamydia infection accounting for 65.1% of all cases reported. In 2015, there were a total of 628 cases of gonorrhea reported in Des Moines and Polk County. In the same year, gonorrhea was slightly more common in men. Men accounted for 51% of all gonorrhea cases reported. Gonorrhea was most common in people between the ages of 20 and 29. The largest at-risk groups for gonorrhea white people and the black community which account for over 75% of all cases reported. In 2015, there were a total of 67 cases of syphilis in Des Moines and Polk County. Syphilis was significantly more common in men than in women. Men account for 93% of all syphilis cases reported in Iowa. Syphilis was most commonly found in patients over the age of 25.3 The CDC recommends screenings at least once a year for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis for all sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. They further recommend annual testing for any women who may be below the age of 25 or engage in unsafe sex or sex with multiple partners.5

Your Best Des Moines, IA STD Testing Option

Des Moines offers its residents many options for STD testing and treatment. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STD in Des Moines, getting tested is simple, affordable and confidential with STDTestExpress.com. To get started, answer a few brief medical questions to receive a personal test recommendation from our doctors. From there you can pick a lab to visit from our vast network of locations throughout your area. Sample collection often takes less than 30 minutes and your results are usually back within 3 business days or less. Our medical staff is available to answer any questions you have and prescription services are available if medically appropriate and allowed by state law. It is just that simple to go and get tested today. If available in your area, In-Home Collection even allows you to be tested at home, work or another location of your choice.

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References:

  • 1 U.S. Census Bureau Quickfacts - Des Moines and Polk County
  • 2 City of Des Moines - About
  • 3 Iowa Department of Public Health - STD Program and Reporting
  • 4 AIDSVu - Iowa
  • 5 CDC Screening Recommendations
  • 6 Iowa Department of Education - Health Education Requirements