CASPER Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) This Valentine’s Day people might have celebrated love. It is also a reminder to check on the sexual health of you and your loved ones.
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department public information officer says they gave out over 20,000 condoms in 2019. They give those out to prevent sexually transmitted infections, unintentional pregnancies and because it costs less.
One health provider said she’s happy the conversation about STIs is changing.
“I love being able to go out and educate about these things and help the community, in general, be healthier and safer,” said Emma Burton-Hopkins, MHE.
She added that the health department treated two hundred and fourteen people for chlamydia and fifty-four for gonorrhea. Both of these infections can be treated with antibiotics.
The health department treated one thousand one hundred and sixty-five people in 2019 for STIs.
Burton-Hopkins added that number is about average, but over four years STIs numbers are increasing.
“That could be because of population changes or just more testing in general,” Burton-Hopkins said.
The health department also provides sexual health bags as another resource. If there are condom dispensers at local businesses from knowwyo.org, a resource they have from the state.
The health department charges for STI tests on a sliding scale so people with any amount of income can get help.