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Sioux Falls Health Center
Midtown Family Planning Clinic
Community Health Clinic
Sioux Falls HIV/AIDS and STD Testing Field Office
Urban Indian Health Program
Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
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In 2016, the three most prevalent STDs in Minnehaha County and its seat, Sioux Falls, were chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In fact, South Dakota ranked 21st for the highest number of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in the country. The state’s primary and secondary syphilis cases ranked it as the 43rd highest; however, it ranked as the 8th highest for congenital syphilis cases.
The highest frequency of chlamydia cases between 2012 and 2016 (the five-year reporting period) occurred in the 20-24 age group. Of those, 5,571 infections were diagnosed in females, more than double the 2,336 cases disclosed by their male counterparts. In fact, females accounted for 71% of all chlamydia cases reported in South Dakota during the five-year span. South Dakota’s 2015 rate of 667.9 per 100,000 people for females outpaced the United States’ 645.5. Conversely, the state’s male rate of 206.4 was lower than the nation’s 305.2 per 100,000 during the same time period.
Minnehaha County’s 162 gonorrhea cases ranked 406th out of the nation’s 3,140 reporting counties in 2015. Like chlamydia, South Dakota’s highest number of gonorrhea cases reported between 2012 and 2016 occurred in the 20-24 age group, with females accounting for 60.6% of the total. The overall number of female cases during this time period was 929 compared to males’ 526. In 2012, female gonorrhea cases totaled 147 across the state. By 2016, that number increased by more than five times to 755. Male numbers nearly doubled during the same period, from 260 to 515, respectively.
While South Dakota did not report any syphilis cases in the early 2000s, the growth rate of all stages has steadily increased since 2006. Minnehaha County’s primary and secondary syphilis rate of 8.7 per 100,000 people exceeded the nation’s 7.5 in 2015. The county had the 302nd-highest incidence rate nationally among counties. Males accounted for 67.1% of the state’s primary and secondary syphilis cases between 2012 and 2016, with the 20-24 age group again reporting the highest numbers.
Many people with an STD infection display no symptoms, a factor in the continued spread of the diseases. Some STDs are curable, and all can be managed with proper medical treatment. Getting the necessary care during the diseases’ early stages is critical to avoid more serious health problems. That’s why it’s recommended that sexually active adolescents and adults seek regular testing. Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County offer a number of free and low-cost healthcare options for the uninsured.
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 in Sioux Falls 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:
The Sioux Falls Health Department provides a range of medical and dental services to nearby residents. Its clinic offers STD and HIV testing and referrals, in addition to prevention education resources. The professional staff conducts all visits confidentially and respectfully. Other services include well-child care, X-rays, primary care, and behavioral health. Appointments are required.
521 North Main Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Planned Parenthood provides area residents with a range of healthcare resources. Its professional staff delivers confidential STD testing, treatment, and vaccines, as well as HIV testing and referrals. The clinicians also offer general health care for men and women, in addition to emergency contraception, birth control, pregnancy testing and resources, and abortions. Appointments are required, with the exception of emergency contraception services, and hours vary depending on the day. Planned Parenthood provides care to the uninsured on a sliding-fee scale and accepts a number of insurance plans.
6511 West 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Sanford Health Midtown Family Planning Clinic provides patients with personalized care when treating a range of conditions. Its team performs confidential STD tests, offering treatment and education. The center’s professional expertise includes family planning, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, oncology, and women’s health. The clinic is open for appointments Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Discounted fees are available for the uninsured, and the clinic accepts a variety of insurance plans.
1205 South Grange Avenue, MB2, Suite 301
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
South Dakota Urban Indian Health provides a wide range of medical and behavioral care solutions for Native Americans, as well as the area’s uninsured adults and children. The clinic offers STD and HIV testing, treatment, and counseling, in addition to preventative vaccines, including HPV and hepatitis A and B. Preventative healthcare options are also available, such as blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol checks. The clinic also conducts sports and school physicals and immunizations. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1200 North West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Siouxland District Health Department is an option for individuals who live or work south of Sioux Falls. The health department’s clinic does not require county residence to test and treat individuals for a variety of medical conditions, including STDs. All services are confidential and are available on a sliding-fee scale. Appointments are necessary and arranged Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1014 Nebraska Street
Sioux City, IA 51105