What are the STI test options in Albany,GA?
Health officials in southwest Georgia are worried about rising STD rates. In 2016, the HIV prevalence rate in Dougherty County was 939.9 per 100K people, well above Georgia’s rate of 602.4. That’s an astronomical rate for a fairly rural region, and no one seems to know why the rates are so high.
The chlamydia rate that same year was 1,230.7. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 319.7 and 18.6.
Health officials stress that every sexually active person must use protection every time, and should get tested regularly, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. Most STIs are asymptomatic in the beginning, but they can cause severe and irreversible damage to the body if left undetected and untreated. And they can be passed on to others.
For a city with such extreme STD problems, Albany has relatively few clinics. They do, however, have periodic free STD testing events, so keep an eye on the local events calendars. Others will be doing the same, so be prepared to wait! The Albany Ob-Gyn on Monroe St provides STI testing.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.