What are the STI test options in Baltimore,MD?
Maryland currently ranks as the 24th most sexually diseased state in the nation. Many STDs have no early stage symptoms, meaning regular testing is the only way to catch one of these diseases early. Early detection is the best way to treat an STD before it leads to permanent damage and prevent further spreading.
Of the three most commonly reported STDs – gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis – there were a total of 44,967 reported cases across Maryland in 2017, which shows an increase of 10.5% from the prior year. Reported gonorrhea cases increased by 15%, chlamydia cases increased by 9%, and syphilis cases (a disease that was almost non-existent) increased by 12.3% from 2016 to 2017. HIV cases, though, decreased from 279 in 2016 to 231 in 2017, indicating at least one potentially positive factor for sexual health in the city of Baltimore.
Factors like unprotected sex, lack of sex education, and the opioid epidemic are all seen as contributing factors to the rise in sexually transmitted diseases; however, the city is working to combat these issues with resources like mobile counseling and testing services.
Because every year STD rates are increasing it’s important to stay safe with regular screenings. Locate a testing center near you, such as the Maryland General Hospital on Linden Avenue or the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland on Cathedral Street.
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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.