Bluegrass Health Center
Bluegrass Care Clinic
The Kentucky Department of Public Health released a 10-year infectious disease report in 2017 that included data from 2006 through 2015. According to that report, over that decade, Kentucky saw a rising trend in diagnosis numbers for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
According to the Kentucky Department of Health, the number of new chlamydia diagnoses each year more than doubled in the state from 2006 to 2015. CDC numbers have them increasing again in 2018, so the condition is definitely on the rise in the state.
Chlamydia seems more likely to impact females in Kentucky. In 2018, it was reported at a rate of 578 per 100,000 in female populations, but only at a rate of 285 per 100,000 in male populations. The disease was much more likely to impact African American people, with rates among that race at 923 per 100,000 in 2018 in the state. That’s triple the rate for the next ethnicity, which was Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, where rates were 262 per 100,000 people. Young adults have the highest risk for contracting chlamydia, according to recent trends.
From 2006 through 2015, gonorrhea diagnosis numbers rose by around 43%. Looking at the Kentucky Department of Health’s 2015 number compared to the CDC’s number for 2018, it’s possible that new gonorrhea cases in the state annually jumped another 60% over those three years.
The cases for 2018 are split fairly evenly between men and women, with rates among men at 171 per 100,000 and rates among women at 161 per 100,000. The frequency among African American individuals in the state was more than 500 per 100,000 in 2018, which is over five times the next highest ethnicity group rate. Gonorrhea is also a young adult’s disease, with incidences concentrated in those aged 20 to 29.
From 2006 to 2015, the number of new syphilis diagnosis annually more than doubled in Kentucky. The CDC tracks syphilis in three categories: primary and secondary syphilis, early latent syphilis, and congenital syphilis. All are higher among males, according to data from 2018. In fact, females accounted for only 70 of the state’s 366 P&S syphilis diagnoses.
Individuals have several options to protect themselves from STDs, including informed, safe sex with partners you trust. But even then, if you’re sexually active, you can’t completely rule out the possibility of an STD. Unfortunately, many of these conditions don’t have side effects initially, making them hard to diagnose without a test. STD screening often helps you know what you’re dealing with and lets you seek early treatment to potentially ward off the more harmful long-term issues associated with STDs. You’ll find a number of free or low-cost STD testing locations in the Lexington, KY area.
The Fayette County Health Department offers needle exchange programs, TB screening, WIC services, and STD and HIV testing. During normal times, the clinic operates with a walk-in or appointment process with STD clinics on certain days. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the clinic limited its services, requiring people to make a same-day appointment for tests and other services.
650 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40508
This is a Planned Parenthood services location. Services include men’s and women’s health, STD testing and treatment, vaccines, birth control, and HIV care. The clinic takes numerous insurance types and offers a sliding scale for those without insurance, but care is provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay. You do need to schedule an appointment. Interpreters are available via phone for languages other than English, but you must indicate a need for one when you make an appointment.
268 Southland Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
AVOL offers free and paid walk-in testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted infections. You can make an appointment for other times or walk-in during open hours, which are Monday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the COVID-19 crisis, AVOL is offering drive-through testing for certain STDs.
365 Waller Avenue Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40504
The providers here offer screening and some treatment for infectious diseases, including select sexually transmitted diseases. You must call for an appointment. The clinic takes some insurance plans, which could help ensure that your appointments are free or low-cost to you, depending on your plan. You can also call to find out if your insurance is accepted.
740 S. Limestone
Fifth Floor, Wing D, Room L504
Lexington, KY 40536
HealthFirst Bluegrass offers a full range of preventative care and treatment options for men, women, and children. You must reach out to make an appointment. This provider accepts insurance, so ask if yours is accepted. It also provides low-cost health care to qualifying individuals and the homeless. The Southland Drive office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
496 Southland Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40503