GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The World Health Organization just released a new study saying over one million sexually transmitted infections are diagnosed each day. That number affects people around the world, including in Nebraska.
Local clinic encourage sexually active people to get tested for STIs to prevent the spread. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Grand Island's Choice Family Clinic says roughly 2,500 people visit their clinic each year to be STI tested. They also say they would like to see that number be a little higher.
"We see people in clinic every day that need testing," the clinic's Executive Director Ryan King said. "The problem is we would love to see more people come in that maybe don't know they need to be tested."
People being infected and not knowing is a big concern. Untreated STIs can cause serious health issues and there's also the risk of spreading it around.
"When it comes to STDs or STIs, it's not only yourself that you need to worry about," King said. "This is something that can be passed to others. It's important for a community perspective to keep somebody healthy so we can keep the community healthy."
The most common STIs are chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. They are all curable and so are many others. Treatment can be as simple as taking medication or getting a shot.
If you're sexually active it is strong encouraged that you get tested. The clinic also recommends parents talking to their teenagers about practicing safe sex. They say teenagers and young adults make up over half of the infected population.
For more information or to make an appointment, you can visit www.choicefamilyhealthcare.org/