At the end of 2017, there were 7,361 people living with HIV or AIDS in Prince George’s County, and 320 people were diagnosed that year. Those numbers are the second highest in the state, and way too high.
In 2014, 6,130 people were diagnosed with chlamydia, 1,276 with gonorrhea, and 111 with syphilis. Most of those chlamydia cases were women aged 20–24 and teens, and gonorrhea followed a similar trend.
Health professionals recommend regular testing for all sexually active individuals so that any STI can be detected and treated before complications arise.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Bowie, and more in the surrounding areas, including a faith-based clinic that provides free STD testing for pregnant women. The Henry Wise Wellness Center serves Bowie State University students and screens for HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. MedPro Connect, on Health Center Dr, tests for most STDs.