Douglas County continues to struggle with an STD epidemic. Dr. Christopher Fisher with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health says the county’s rate for gonorrhea and Chlamydia is nearly double the national average.
Dr Fisher says the STD rate in Douglas County hit epidemic levels more than 10 years ago. He says since they have to rely on testing to get the data the rate could be much higher as many people do not receive the necessary testing. Dr. Fisher says that could lead to dire consequences for as more than half of those infected show no physical symptoms.
The Douglas County Health Department recently received an $88,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the money is intended to be used to purchase test kits intended for younger people who may not get tested for fear their parents may find out. This has caused some controversy but the Health Department says no tax dollars will be used to purchase the test kits.