What are the STI test options in Bethlehem,PA?
Bethlehem straddles two counties: Lehigh, which it shares with its larger cousin Allentown, and Northampton, whose county seat is Easton. The counties’ STD rates differ by a lot. The 2017 HIV rate per 100K people was 319 in Lehigh, but only 106 in Northampton (the Pennsylvania rate was 314).
Health officials are most worried about chlamydia, especially among young people.
The 2017 rate in Lehigh was 461.4, and in Northampton, 388.9. Both counties had experienced a significant rise in chlamydia cases since 2007.
Medical professionals disagree on whether the number of affected individuals actually increased significantly or better testing methods just caught more of the cases. But both camps are concerned about the lack of sexual knowledge among young people, who become infected because they are shy about buying condoms or do not know they can catch STIs from oral sex.
There are some STD-testing clinics in Bethlehem, and even more options if you can get to Allentown. At least one organization offers free STD testing, but there may be a long wait for the walk-in services. The Bethlehem Health Bureau, on East Church St, tests for most STIs and provides treatment as well as partner counseling. And Planned Parenthood on North Ninth St in Allentown tests for all STIs and treat all except HIV.
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