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Danny Thomason DO
Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma and is the seat of its namesake Tulsa County. Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and P&S syphilis have all risen with recent spikes in 2016. P&S syphilis cases per 100,000 persons are much higher in Tulsa County than the state and significantly higher than the national rate.
Chlamydia diagnoses in Tulsa County have grown steadily since 2011, mirroring state and national statistics. The county’s 2011 rate per 100,000 persons of 494.7 placed it fifth among the state’s counties, while in 2018, that rate had risen to 691.7, elevating Tulsa County to the fourth position. This is much higher than the state’s rate of 559.0 and the nation’s of 539.9. Of the 21,974 chlamydia infections in Oklahoma, 8,005 or 36% occurred in young adults aged 20-24. Females are disproportionately affected and account for almost 70% of newly diagnosed infections in Oklahoma. This state trend is nearly identical to the nation’s distribution between the sexes.
Documented cases of gonorrhea have also climbed over the years, with the largest spikes occurring between 2016 and 2017 for the state and the nation. In Tulsa County, the rate grew 22% during that period, from 267.1 per 100,000 persons to 326.7. In 2018, the county ranked fourth in the state for gonorrhea infections. New diagnoses are divided almost equally among males and females in Oklahoma. The peak incidence of infection occurs in adults aged 20 to 24, with those between 25 and 29 the next most affected group.
The United States has reported growing rates of syphilis each consecutive year, and 2018 figures topped out at 35,063 cases — a rate of 10.8 per 100,000 persons. Oklahoma’s 531 cases in 2018 generate a rate of 13.5, higher than the nation’s average. However, of those cases, 154 occurred in Tulsa County, giving the county an excessive rate of 23.8 and placing it third among the state’s counties. New diagnoses of P&S syphilis appear in older age groups, with those aged 30 to 40 making up 36% of the total infections.
STD screening is one of the most important things sexually active adults can do to protect their health. Many sexually transmitted infections have mild to no symptoms, and the only way to know for sure if you’re carrying the disease is through lab testing. Prompt treatment can cure many STDs and prevent health complications that can occur with ignored infections, such as infertility, cancer, and organ failure. Fortunately for Tulsa, OK, residents, state-sponsored and nonprofit organizations offer convenient STD testing at low- to no-cost, and many urgent care facilities accept state Medicaid.
The Tulsa Health Department operates several clinics throughout the city and in nearby Collinsville and Sand Springs. The clinics screen for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV, and all visits include a physical exam, lab work, and counseling. Everything is included for one fee of $20; however, no one is turned away for lack of funds. Low-cost or no-cost medications are supplied if a patient tests positive. The clinic prefers that patients call ahead to schedule an appointment since open hours vary, although walk-ins are accepted.
3155 South Utica
Tulsa, OK 74104
Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc. supports local communities around Tulsa with sexual health counseling, STD screening, and medical referrals. The organization manages a clinic and works with area companies to offer testing for gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C. H.O.P.E. also operates a mobile unit that cruises throughout Tulsa and neighboring counties, providing hepatitis C and HIV rapid tests. Clinic visits are by appointment only, Monday through Thursday during the day for screening and Thursdays for physician exams. English- and Spanish-speaking staff are on hand.
3540 East 31st Street, Suite 3
Tulsa, OK 74135
Tulsa residents looking for confidential at-home test kits for HIV can sign up via the Guiding Right’s website link. In addition, the nonprofit organization screens for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and viral hepatitis, and performs testing at the clinic or off-site events. Guiding Right also provides access to PrEP HIV prevention medications, nutritional support through WIC, and smoking cessation assistance. The Tulsa clinic is open daily, Monday through Friday, and appointments can be scheduled using the website’s request form. Employers or other professional organizations that are interested in organizing a testing event can email [email protected].
5555 South Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74105
Clients who visit the Peoria Planned Parenthood center can receive and pay for STD screening and treatment through their insurance, Oklahoma Medicaid, or at reduced costs. The center also offers telehealth services for sexual health counseling, STD prevention education, birth control, and pregnancy support. Planned Parenthood has a convenient online calendar to schedule appointments, including same-day visits. Open hours are Monday through Friday, during the day, Tuesday evenings, and Saturday mornings.
1007 South Peoria Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74120
City residents looking for all-purpose urgent care can visit MedExpress for vaccines, including flu shots and STD testing and treatment. Testing for many of the most common sexually transmitted infections is available along with exams for urinary tract and yeast infections. MedExpress centers accept most local insurance plans, along with Oklahoma Medicaid and Medicare. Payment at the time of service will result in a discount. The center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and walk-ins are welcome.
2140 South Yale Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74114