What are the STI test options in Charleston,SC?

Charleston ranks among the top cities for STD rates – and the numbers keep growing. Over two million cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis alone were reported in 2016 in the city and state.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia rank as the two most common STD diseases seen among reported cases. Witnessing a rise in these cases often occurs alongside rising numbers of other STDs, as well.

Between 2015 and 2016 the total number of cases reported for gonorrhea rose from 8,285 in 2015 to 9,301 in 2016. That’s almost 1,000 more people infected with gonorrhea alone. Syphilis cases reported across the state rose from 977 in 2015 to 994 in 2016.

As an attempt to combat the issue, the Charleston area now has many public and private STD testing locations offering low cost or sliding scale fee services because normal fees can run quite high and health insurance coverage can often be lacking.

These locations include the Lowcountry AIDS Services located on Meeting Street Road and Fetter Health Care Network situated on Nassau Street. Some locations, like the Planned Parenthood sites – including one located on Rutledge Avenue – provide testing along with other services.

The city also has free STD testing dates with varying times. Due to this inconsistency it may not be available when you need an appointment.

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STD Statistics In Charleston County, SC



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Statistics reported is based on publicly available data sources such as CDC for Charleston County, SC. Data is normalized to accurately report Charleston County STD Breakdown.

Additional STD Test Statistics in Charleston, SC

One of the oldest cities in the south not only is Charleston known for its charm, but also its high rate of STDs. CDC  statistics show the number of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, and it seems to be affecting all residents regardless of their race, gender or age.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates are increasing in the county, along with Herpes and Syphilis, and statistics show that this is not a recent trend. While the incident rates for these sexually transmitted diseases are increasing at a rapid rate, there are still some in the city that refuse to believe that there is a potential health epidemic on their hands. In an effort to backup their belief that STDs are not a problem in the charming southern city, they refer to the statistics that indicate HIV/AIDS diagnoses are on the decline.

Even though HIV incidents have decreased significantly between 2003 and 2014 in all demographical groups, the steady increase in other STDs are a pointed indicator that the city is stilling dealing with a serious health problem.

  • In 2003 there were 6,290 African American women diagnosed with Chlamydia compared to 9,054 reported incidents in 2014.
  • 47 percent of the Chlamydia diagnoses in 2014 were reported in African American residents.
  • There were 2,516 total cases of Chlamydia reported in 2012 compared to 2,807 incidents in 2014.
  • 2,005 African American men were diagnosed with Gonorrhea in 2013, compared to 2,156 in 2014.

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in Charleston, SC

With statistics showing that the use of condoms has declined almost ten percent in teens from 2005 to 2011 and an estimated half of all high school students in the city admitting that they were sexually active, it is vital for their health and safety that they have the necessary information.

While more teens and even middle school students are becoming sexually active at a younger age city leaders are still reluctant to admit that there is a problem, and are relying on the outdated abstinence only program to keep area youth safe. Even though abstaining from sex is the best way to prevent unplanned pregnancies, it has very little effect on the STD rates in the city.

Most students do not even realize that they are at risk, and the dwindling number of teens who use protection is a good indicator that there is not enough information easily available for them to take advantage of. This, combined with a general reluctance on the part of teachers and parents to even discuss STDs is making it extremely difficult for teens to learn how to protect themselves.

Regular Herpes testing in Charleston is the only way to prevent the spread of this virus that is common in area schools. Regular HIV testing in Charleston is also critical to stop this potentially deadly disease. As school and city officials try to come up with a comprehensive sexual education plan, students and their parents can protect themselves simply by getting tested.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Charleston, SC

There are many factors making it difficult to stress the importance of education and regular testing as the best ways to prevent the spread of STDs, but the main hurdle they face is the strong reluctance many residents have to even discuss the problem.

The conservative beliefs make it difficult for many of the city’s residents to admit that there is a problem, and most parents still do not believe that there is any need to educate their children on the dangers of having unprotected sex.

Adding to the city’s health problem is the lack of comprehensive sexual education programs, along with a limited number of clinics in lower income neighborhoods. When this is combined it often results in the high STD rates as evident by the recently released statistics.

While budget cuts to health care programs has made it more difficult for residents to get tested, the main contributing factor to the high STD rate continues to be the lack of information. When residents do not even realize that they are at risk it is impossible for them to adequately protect themselves.

Better Sexual Health in Charleston, SC

Known for its tree lined cobble streets and horse drawn carriage rides, Charleston is also becoming famous for its high rate of STDs, which makes it vital for your continued good health to get tested. There are community health centers that residents can take advantage of, but many do not want to stand in long lines. You can easily avoid the long wait and still get tested with one simple phone call. Instead of spending all day in a crowded clinic you can schedule confidential STD testing and only spend a few minutes at a local lab, which still gives you plenty of time to explore this fascinating southern city.



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