What are the STI test options in Cary,NC?
Cary is part of the Raleigh metropolitan area and North Carolina’s Research Triangle. In 2016, the HIV prevalence rates in the zip codes that make up Cary ranged from 123 to 326 per 100K people. Wake County’s rate was 373 in 2015.
In 2017, Wake County had 6,083 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 567.3 per 100K people, but the Raleigh rate is probably higher than the Cary rate. The bad news is that the rates are going up. Wake County’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates that year were 194 and 11.5.
Health officials worry that people are not using protection and not getting tested often enough, so there are people out there who don’t know that they are infected.
Many STDs are asymptomatic until they are far enough along to cause lasting problems. STD rates tend to be higher in the South for many reasons. Youth are less likely to have had comprehensive sex education, and poverty rates are, on average, higher.
Cary has some STD-testing clinics and, of course, there are even more options if you can get to Raleigh. NextCare Urgent Care, located on Kildaire Farm Rd, does STI screening (including trich), as does AFC Urgent Care at Maynard Crossing.
Planned Parenthood, on Boylan Ave, tests for STIs and treats all of them except for HIV. Their fee is on a sliding scale. Avance Primary Care screens for HIV, herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea, and syphilis. You can find them at Crescent Commons. Watch the community calendar to see if there are free STD testing events during STD Awareness Month.
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