In Richmond County 3,605 cases of STDs were reported in 2017. Chlamydia and gonorrhea led the way as being the most commonly reported STD cases. Out of the total 3,605 STD cases reported, 65 of those were HIV cases.
Not all STDs show severe symptoms, and many can start without any symptoms; however, the longer they go undetected and untreated, the worse the outcome. Through regular testing you and your partner can stay safe and healthy.
Education initiatives have been rolling out to spread public awareness, decrease stigma, and increase testing.
There are many testing site options in the city of Augusta. The Georgia Department of Public Health has multiple locations around the city, including a lab on Laney-Walker Boulevard. From Serenity Behavioral Health Systems on Mike Padgett Highway to Barney Pharmacy on Peach Orchard Road, the Augusta area offers many choices.
One of these choices could be for free STD testing. Not everyone will meet the requirements however, and not every STI is always checked for.