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.