We believe individuals facing a sexual health crisis should have access to affordable, comprehensive, sexual health services.
Sexual health services
Since 2009, men and women in need have received free STD testing and treatment for the most common STDs in our area: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis, as well as HIV/AIDs, at Crossroads Clinic. Sexual health concerns bring men and women to Crossroads. When they come, they’ve already engaged in sexual activity and are at-risk for STDs and unplanned pregnancy.
During their visit, clients learn it’s never too late for abstinence. As Client Advocates and nurses address the client’s sexual health needs, they also share God’s love and His ultimate forgiveness for all sins, including sexual sins. We believe our clients are strong and capable of making their own choices, and that we are not here to judge their decisions but to help them make informed ones.
With STD infections increasing in central Oklahoma counties each year, there is an incredible need to expand the reach of Crossroads’ STD Testing and Treatment program. Help establish Crossroads as the local expert in this area. We need your financial support to expand our STD Testing and Treatment operating budget to reach more individuals. We also need volunteers to serve as receptionists, as well as doctors and nurses to volunteer to perform STD Testing and Treatment.
Did You Know?
There are 20 million new STD infections every year in the U.S.1
More than half of all new STD infections occur in 15- to 24-year-olds.2
25 to 30 types of STDs have been identified.
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis are the most common STDs in our area.
In Oklahoma in 2011, there were more than 10,800 cases of Chlamydia and 2,700 cases of Gonorrhea in 15- to 24-year-olds.3
Logan County has one of the highest rates of infection of Gonorrhea in the state, with the highest increase of reported infections between 2010 and 2011 of 43.8%.4
1 Centers for Disease Control (2012). Reported STDs in the United States: 2012 National Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis [Fact Sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/STD-Trends-508.pdf.
2 Centers for Disease Control (2012). Reported STDs in the United States: 2012 National Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis [Fact Sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/STD-Trends-508.pdf.
3 Centers for Disease Control (2011). Rates of Reportable STDs Among Young People15 – 24 Years of Age, Oklahoma 2011 [Fact Sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/by-age/15-24-all-STDs/state/2011/OK11.pdf.
4 Oklahoma State Department of Health (2011). Gonorrhea in Oklahoma–2011 [Fact Sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/HIV-QuickFactsGonorrhea2011.pdf.
STD’s Are Infecting Oklahoma
Every year in the U.S. there are an estimated 20 million new STD infections, and nearly half of all cases occur in 15- to 24-year olds. Among the 25 to 30 types of STDs, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis are the most common in Central Oklahoma.
But many people don’t even know they are infected. They don’t experience any symptoms. So, the STD is passed from one person to the next unknowingly, spreading among our community, threatening our health . . . and sometimes even our lives. To decrease the rate of STDs in Logan County and the surrounding areas, there is a critical need to test those who may already be infected and to encourage young people to practice abstinence until marriage.