Polk County Health Department


Updated 05/03/19

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) also known as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are spread from person to person via sexual contact. They can have serious health consequences. They can be prevented with condom use and are treatable with early diagnosis and medical attention. Additional cause for concern is the population in which STDs are found most often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 15 – 24 year olds make up only 25% of the sexually active population, but account for half of the new cases of STDs.

The number of cases of STDs in Polk County is concerning. The rates have been steadily growing during past years to rates significantly higher than those found in Iowa. The most common STDs seen in Polk County are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis.

2012-2018 Reports

Chlamydia 2012-2018 Report

Gonorrhea 2012-2018 Report


Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314