April is STD Awareness Month, and the Douglas County Health Department says there are 34 locations available this month for testing.
In 2011, Douglas County had 3,116 cases of Chlamydia and 885 cases of gonorrhea. Health Department Director Dr. Adi Pour says the Chlamydia rate in Douglas County reached a record level in 2012. And she says many people don’t know they have an STD until they’re tested.
"Many of the STDs are asymptomatic, meaning people do not know if they are infected or not, and that’s what we’re so urgent about, that really you only know if you’re infected if you get tested and get treated for it."
Dr. Pour says STD rates among 20 to 29 year-olds in Douglas County have increased “significantly,” while rates among 15 to 19 year-olds are on the decrease. 36 percent of the Chlamydia cases in 2011 were in people ages 20 to 24.
More information and a list of testing sites is available at www.douglascountyhealth.com.