STI testing, family planning, health screening at Stark Clinics

The Stark County Department of Health is campaigning with Newsymom, a local family-focused community news site, to promote various health and wellness options offered by the public health agency.

The latest campaign? financial support Take care down therethe county’s ongoing efforts to promote reproductive health and well-being, particularly given the rising rates of sexually transmitted infections in Stark.

“No one should be ashamed to seek care, and our doctors and nurses are on hand and ready to help,” Stark’s director of nursing services, Amanda Uhler, said when the county announced upcoming clinics.

go in Take care down there Clinics are on the third Monday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on the first Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stark County Health Department office at 7235 Whipple Ave. NW available in Jackson Township. The next clinic will be on April 5, followed by another clinic on April 18.

Services available at the clinics include STI testing; thyroid, glucose, blood pressure and weight screenings; cholesterol controls; physical examinations; pap tests; and family planning services and birth control options, including condoms, emergency contraceptives, oral contraceptives, Nexplanon implants, and IUDs. Minors do not need to be accompanied by a guardian to receive services.

The Stark County Department of Health, under state and federal guidelines, cannot offer, encourage, refer, or support abortion as a family planning option.

The department accepts Ohio Medicaid plans and most private insurance, and uses tiered and patient assistance programs to cover some clinic offerings.

STI rates are still elevated from 2019 levels

STI case rates in the county have been increasing and peaked last summer with a total of 804 cases of gonorrhea and 1,603 cases of chlamydia last year.

The health department has also recorded an increase in visits to the clinics. In 2021, they saw 533 visits, up from 407 in 2019. So far this year, clinics have seen 132 visits and performed 199 STI tests, most of which are for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

The Stark County Department of Health’s latest promotion is part of its “Striving Toward a Healthier Community” campaign with Newsymom, which aims to market its services more broadly to the community through educational videos.

The reproductive health video is the third of a total of 12 promotional videos; The first focused on safe water options, and the second on septic tank maintenance.

Sam Zern can be reached at [email protected] or 330-580-8322. You can also find her on Twitter @sam_zern.

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