Sexually transmitted diseases have been on a rapid rise in Wyoming and a number of health organizations want to do something about it. In Casper, the local chapter of Planned Parenthood is offering ten dollar STD testing this week in an effort to get people to learn their status.
Casper Health Center Manager Melody Meanor says they want all residents to make STD testing part of their regular medical routine. She says they also want to encourage communication.
“When I say communication, communication between a sexual partner, communication with a health care provider and for teens communication with parents or a trusted adult,” Meanor said.
Meanor says she believes STDs have been on the rise in Wyoming because of stigmas associated with testing. But she says testing is an important way to get the increase to turn around.