Missouri: County Might Institute Fees for STD Testing
September 1, 2009
Public health officials in Boone County, Missouri -- home of the flagship campus of the University of Missouri -- want to begin charging for STD testing, but at the same time worry that fees will deter some people from getting tested.
Reported cases of STDs in the county likely represent a fraction of actual cases, said health department epidemiologist Sarah Rainey. She noted the figures do not include partners who have been treated without the benefit of a confirmed test.
The city-county health department offers testing by appointment as well as through a walk-in clinic each Tuesday. Through July, the county in 2009 confirmed 514 cases of chlamydia, 106 cases of gonorrhea, and eight cases of syphilis.
Columbia Daily Tribune
08.27.2009; Jodie Jackson Jr.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.