Teton County Library

The Teton County Health Department and library are teaming up on an initiative to test people for sexually transmitted diseases.

From 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Teton County Library's Ordway Auditorium, the Health Department will set up a mobile testing clinic, building on the momentum of a similar event held last month. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who have chlamydia don't exhibit any symptoms. Many won't know they are infected with the disease, and people who engage in risk behaviors such as having sex with multiple partners or having unprotected sex are more likely to contract it.

Teton County has a higher prevalence of chlamydia than the rest of Wyoming, with a rate of 436.8 cases per 100,000 people, well above the state's incidence of 351.5 per 100,000. The national rate is 497.3 per 100,000 people.

If you haven't been tested in a while and engage in any risk behaviors, health officials suggest you take a test. If you have questions regarding the testing event at the library, call the Health Department at 733-6401.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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