Baltimore County, home to Arbutus city, is the second most affected count in Maryland for the three most common STDs, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. In 2017, 44,967 new cases of STDs were reported which as a 10.5% increase from 2016 data.
According to 2018 Maryland STI Annual Report, the STD incidences increased to 48,323 statewide. In Baltimore, 4,463 new cases of chlamydia were documented, 1,309 cases of gonorrhea, 103 cases of P&S syphilis, 84 of early latent syphilis, 135 of late latent syphilis and 4 congenital syphilis incidences per 100,000 people.
CDC ranked Maryland State 4th for high syphilis rate at 7.4 cases per 100,000 people and 16th for gonorrhea infection rate of 158.5 cases per 100,000 people in 2016.
The Center for Disease Prevention and Control along with Maryland Health Department has declared April as the STD Awareness Month with various control initiatives rolled out. The talk about STDs is encouraged in schools and at the community level with health sexual behavior emphasized.
For comprehensive STD testing and treatment service, one may consider visiting the Baltimore Highlands Lansdowne Health center along Annapolis road 3902, Westside Health Center on 2449 West Frederick avenue, and Baltimore Planned Parenthood City Health Center on Howard street 300North.
Even though there are other health facilities that may provide free STD testing services within Baltimore, some of these clinics may not support multiple payments and the aftercare prescriptions might be unavailable. In addition, the medical centers might experience long queues and therefore, you may encounter long waiting hours.