COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give residents the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.
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The records: The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services compiles statistics on the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases throughout the state.
Why you'd want them: The records offer a breakdown of instances of sexually transmitted diseases on a county-by-county basis. You can view the number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis for each county in the state, as well as a total count of all recorded cases statewide.
Where you get the records: Go to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services website at www.health.mo.gov/ and click on the blue "Data & Statistics" tab on the top of the page. On the following page, scroll down past the "Data and Surveillance Systems" subhead and click on the "HIV/STD/AIDS Surveillance" link. Select "Data and Statistical Reports" on the next page. This will take you to a page containing reports on disease transmission dating back to 2010.
How much will it cost: The information is free.