Danny Thomason DO
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were the three most commonly diagnosed STDs in Broken Arrow, a suburb of Tulsa. The Tulsa metropolitan area, which includes Broken Arrow had some of the highest numbers in the state for all three diseases.
Of the 21,974 total chlamydia cases reported in Oklahoma in 2018, Tulsa accounted for 5,759, over 25%. The 20-24 age group represented the highest incidents — at 8,005, this category comprised 36.43% of the total. Comparatively, the United States calculated 36.46% for the same age group out of its 1,758,668 total chlamydia cases.
The Tulsa area comprised 28%, or 2,527, of Oklahoma’s 8,998 total gonorrhea cases in 2018. Age group demographics within the state show the highest incidents were among those in the 20-24 age group, accounting for 27.35% of the total. Males and females were fairly evenly divided, with females representing 50.63% to the males’ 49.37%. According to the CDC’s Surveillance 2018 Report, the 20-24 age group also ranked the highest nationally, but males outranked females among every age range over 20.
Of Oklahoma’s 531 reported primary and secondary syphilis cases in 2018, Tulsa accounted for 178 or 33.52%. Males held the highest numbers overall, with 387 cases or 72.88% of the total. Females’ 144 cases represented 27.12%. In contrast to the state’s chlamydia and gonorrhea incidences by age, primary and secondary syphilis occurred most frequently in those aged 30-34 — this age category represented 20.34% of the total cases. Conversely, while males represented the largest number of primary and secondary syphilis cases nationally in 2018, those aged 25-29 were the most prolific age group.
Because STDs are often asymptomatic, those who are infected may not know it. Frequently, individuals mistake mild initial symptoms for other ailments. That’s why it’s so important that sexually active adolescents and adults get tested regularly. Left untreated, STDs can lead to cancer, infertility, and even death. There are a number of free and low-cost clinics in the Tulsa/Broken Arrow areas that can accommodate the uninsured and those who would prefer to bypass their regular physicians.
The health department’s clinic tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, as well as HIV. Its services are free and confidential for all patients, including adolescents under 18. Staff members do not contact parents or legal guardians; however, they encourage the minors to do so. The clinic’s services are available by appointment only, Monday through Friday, from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. The facility also offers children’s health services, immunizations, and family planning resources.
212 North Pierce Avenue
Wagoner, OK 74467
Individuals who reside or work north of Broken Arrow may want to consider seeking medical or dental services at one of two Community Health Connection clinics. The clinics’ trained professionals offer bilingual Spanish and English services for men, women, and adolescents, delivering confidential screening and treatment for STDs. Community Health Connection works with uninsured individuals on a sliding-fee scale and accepts a variety of insurance plans. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2321 East 3rd Street
Tulsa, OK 74104
H.O.P.E. offers free and low-cost STD and HIV testing and referrals by appointment at its clinic, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It also provides mobile van services throughout the county, and test results are usually available within a week. The facility’s trained professionals also provide confidential counseling services, including information for PrEP and PEP HIV prevention resources.
3540 East 31st Street,
Tulsa, OK 74135
Planned Parenthood offers a full range of STD and HIV/AIDS testing and treatment services, as well as HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. The clinic is open varying hours Monday through Saturday and works with uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale. Planned Parenthood also accepts a range of insurance plans. Trained professionals provide confidential services for men, women, and adolescents. It also offers general health care, pregnancy testing, and abortion resources.
1007 South Peoria Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74120
The Tulsa Health Department provides a wide range of healthcare services at several locations throughout Tulsa County, including Broken Arrow. Its team of trained Spanish and English-speaking professionals offers STD testing, treatment, and counseling. The facilities’ $20 fee includes an exam, lab and blood testing, and counseling. Free and low-cost medication is also available according to need. While walk-ins are accepted, appointments are encouraged. Days and hours vary by location.
315 South Utica
Tulsa, OK 74104