Dane Co. has more than 2,000 cases of STIs each year, health officials urge testing

Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 --- 3:05 p.m.

Health officials say Dane Co. has more than 2,000 reported cases of sexually transmitted infections each year.

The CDC reports that a large number of cases are not counted because most people with STIs or STDs do not have symptoms and do not go in for testing.

According to a release from Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC), one in two sexually active young people will get an STI by age 25, and most won't know it.

Untreated STIs can cause unnoticed and permanent damage to the reproductive tract and infertility. In women, they additionally may contribute to premature births or low birth weight babies.

If you think you may have been exposed to an STI, it is important to get medical attention.

People can get tested at their regular clinic. PHMDC operates a clinic for Dane County residents to get STI testing and treatment. This walk-in clinic is free for all teens and free or low cost for any uninsured adults who live in Dane County. Dane County residents with Medical Assistance/Badger Care may also attend.

The Public Health STI Clinic is at:
2705 E Washington Ave, Madison, above Hawthorne Branch Library. 
Clinic hours are
Monday, noon – 3 pm
Wednesday, 3 pm – 6 pm
Friday, 9 am – noon
No appointment is necessary.

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