While Asheboro as one of the best neighbor-hoods in Randolph County, the town has been recording rising numbers of STDs in recent years. The sexual health situation has grown to be a matter of concern, especially with chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea.
According to a 2016 HIV/STD Survey by North Carolina Public Health Department, there were 216 incidences of HIV among adolescents and adults in Randolph County. Between 2014 and 2016, rates of syphilis jumped by 20%, from 2.8 to 8.4 cases per 100,000 populations.
Additionally, there were 420 cases of chlamydia in 2016 and 419 in 2014; a slight 0.2% increase in rate. For acute Hepatitis C, there were 4 cases in 2016 with a rate of 4.4.
The NCDHHS started the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Program in a bid to reduce the morbidity rate and mortality levels of STD-related cases. Furthermore, the initiative focuses on providing a continuum of STD care services to the HIV+ population.
Those who’d like to get STD services can head to the Randolph County Public Health Clinic situated at 2222 S Fayetteville St. The clinic may provide testing services for STDs, Hep B, TB, and HIV case management services. You may also get prevention services such as condoms and dental dams.
Alternatively, you can go to the Planned Parenthood clinic, which is located at 1704 Battleground Ave. The clinic may provide STD and women’s health care. You may be tested for STDs and HIV through a blood draw and rapid blood test.
Other nearby medical facilities in Asheboro may offer free STD testing. However, the tests may not be comprehensive and multiple payment modes might not be available.