It’s a growing issue the Eau Claire city-county health department says isn’t being talked about.
With sexually transmitted infections becoming the most prevalent contagious diseases in the Eau Claire community, the county is trying to raise awareness on how to prevent them.
For the first time today a free clinic was hosted at Positive Avenues in Eau Claire.
It’s part of a yearlong effort for the health department.
In 2013 around 360 cases of chlamydia were reported. In 2014 it increased to nearly 385.
Paulette Magur with the health department says gonorrhea cases are also on the rise.
Magur says those infected don’t often realize it but it’s important for their health and others to get tested.
“It can cause some infertility problems down the roads for some people and it is a bacterial infection so we can treat it with antibiotics and we want to decrease the spread of that and get people to be aware of safe sex techniques.”
Magur says free off-site clinics will be hosted for young adults beginning in October.
However, she says for those wanting to get tested before that, the Family Planning
Clinic at the city-county health department offers free testing.