Southwest Boulevard Clinic
Research Medical Campus
Patty Brous Health Center
Independence Health Center
Mid-America Infectious Disease Consultants PC
Cabot Westside Medical
Swope Health Northland
Swope Health Independence
Swope Health West
The three most prevalent STDs in Kansas City are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. While reported cases of all three STDs have steadily increased in recent years, gonorrhea cases spiked in 2016 and 2017, and syphilis displayed an alarming upsurge between 2017 and 2018.
Missouri ranked 18th in the nation in 2018 for reported diagnoses of chlamydia, with 34,728 cases accounting for 568.1 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the national rate of 539.9 per 100,000 people. Because Kansas City, Missouri, straddles the Missouri/Kansas border, the Centers for Disease Control combines its data with Kansas City, Kansas. In 2018, this area saw 12,859 cases of chlamydia reported, up from 11,868 in 2017. According to the KCMO Health Department, chlamydia infections in Kansas City, Missouri, saw an occurrence of 1,046 out of every 100,000 residents. This number was up from 948.12 the previous year.
Statewide gonorrhea cases took a hefty leap from 13,086 in 2017 to 15,090 in 2018, ranking Missouri 7th in the nation for confirmed infections. This number accounted for 246.8 per 100,000 residents within the state, which was much higher than the national rate of 179.1 per 100,000 people. The Kansas City area also saw an increase with 5,657 cases in 2018, up from 5,274 in 2017. KCMO’s gonorrhea caseload also jumped in 2018, but the city saw much larger spikes in 2016 and 2017. Cases per 100,000 residents in 2018 was 569.48, which was up from 528.12 the previous year. However, 2017 diagnoses jumped from 435.47 per 100,000 residents in 2016, up from 323.54 in 2015.
Missouri ranked 11th in the nation for primary and secondary syphilis cases in 2018, with 806 reported infections, accounting for 13.2 per 100,000 residents. Diagnoses were up from 507 in 2017 and more than double the 400 cases reported in 2016. It also ranked 12th in the nation for congenital syphilis, with 17 incidents in 2018, a swift uptick from only one reported case in 2014. The Kansas City area also saw a jump in 2018, with 355 infections of primary and secondary syphilis, up from 214 the previous year. However, KCMO saw an increase of 71% in syphilis cases, with 42.39 per 100,000 residents in 2018 compared to 24.78 per 100,000 in 2017. The numbers in 2017 had seen a slight decline compared to 2016’s rate of 27.89 per 100,000.
Regular testing is the only way to know for sure whether an STD is present because many people who are positive for an STD experience little or no discomfort. Left untreated, STDs can cause serious medical conditions, such as infertility and even death. Kansas City has several free or low-cost testing resources for individuals without health insurance or the financial means to get tested.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Kansas City that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
KCMO Department of Health offers free, confidential STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. Rapid HIV test results are presented in 20 minutes, with other STD test results generally available within seven to 10 business days. Anyone age 13 or older can receive testing without parental permission, and residency isn’t required. Walk-ins aren’t accepted. Appointments are required. Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2400 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64108
Homeroom Health provides chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and rapid and conventional blood HIV testing, plus HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Adults age 25 or older or individuals with HIV who might be eligible for Ryan White funding should call KC CARE Health Center at 816-753-5144. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services are offered on an income-based sliding fee scale. Still, health care isn’t denied to anyone regardless of insurance status and ability to pay.
1106 East 30th Street, Suite B
Kansas City, MO 64109
Patty Brous Health Center is the Planned Parenthood provider in Kansas City. It provides STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis, plus counseling and confidential testing for HIV. It also offers STD prevention services, including male and female condoms, HPV and hepatitis B vaccines, and STD and safer sex education. Clinic hours vary, so call to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome to see if a same-day appointment is available or schedule the first appointment available.
1001 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64110
Thrive Health Connection offers free STD testing by appointment, during walk-in testing hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and at outreach testing events throughout the region. Rapid HIV test results are available the same day, with chlamydia and gonorrhea results usually obtainable within two weeks. The staff provides education and referrals for PrEP and free condoms, lubricant, and safer sex materials. Clinic hours are Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5008 Prospect Avenue, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64130
Swope Health Central provides chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and conventional blood HIV testing. Hepatitis services include hepatitis C testing and treatment, and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Sexual health care is available to anyone age 18 or over. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees for uninsured individuals are based on household income and family size with grant programs to help pay for care. However, as a federally qualified health center, Swope Health provides care to all, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
3801 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130
Multiple Kansas City locations