While STD rates are rising in many communities across the country, Anne Arundel County, including the city of Arnold, MD, reports show mixed results.
County records show that chlamydia rates in Anne Arundel County rose by nearly 4 percent, as the number of newly reported chlamydia cases jumped from 2,234 cases in 2017 to 2,316 cases in 2018. Gonorrhea rates, on the other hand, fell over the same timeframe. The number of new gonorrhea cases dropped from 583 new cases in 2017 to 544 new cases in 2018.
Fortunately, syphilis rates (primary and secondary stages) in the county have also fallen, as the number of newly reported cases declined from 34 cases in 2017 to 27 cases in 2018.
Anne Arundel County reports show that there were 1,303 people living with HIV at the end of 2017. Of this number, 69.5 percent were male, and 30.5 percent were female.
There are few resources in Arnold, MD, for STD testing. However, some private physician offices and medical centers may offer STD and HIV testing. Many of these facilities are located just off Ritchie Highway.
Arnold residents can also travel into the state capital of Annapolis to find other testing centers, such as Planned Parenthood Annapolis Health Center, Annapolis Pregnancy Center, Parole Health Center, AFC Urgent Care, and Evolve Urgent Care Center.
Some clinics may promote low-cost and free STD testing, but keep in mind that some clinics offer inconvenient hours and you may experience long wait times. In addition, not all clinics have an onsite doctor, so you may need to go to a second location for after-test treatment.