What are the STI test options in East Dougherty,GA?

East Dougherty, GA is small village located in Dougherty County. It is a part of the Albany Metropolitan Area. Unfortunately, it is part of a growing trend in southwest Georgia that has public health officials concerned.

Sexually transmitted disease are at a record high in 14 Georgia counties, including Dougherty. The Albany Metropolitan Area ranks among the highest. It has a rate that is comparable to larger cities and dense urban areas. Dougherty County is one of the worst counties in Georgia for sexually transmitted diseases.

Dougherty County has a population of around 85,000 people and it had 1,300 cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in 2017. According to public health officials, getting tested is the only way to bring those numbers down.

Public health officials in Dougherty County are taking action by offering clinics that may offer free STD testing to some residents. The goal of these services is to get as many of the population tested as possible. Places where free or low-cost STD testing is available may include the Dougherty County Health Department, free clinics around the Albany area, and the Albany State University. Aspire (Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities) offers HIV testing at a lower cost, but only to those who qualify.

There is considerable variability in the services offered by public and free clinics. Sometimes, fees are not disclosed up front. With others you must meet certain guidelines to qualify for free services. In addition, you may not know whether a physician will be available if you test positive.

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STD Statistics In Dougherty County, GA



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

Additional STD Test Statistics in East Dougherty, GA

Can you believe that according to a recent report three out of fifty teens in Dougherty County are infected with an STD? That is 6 percent of the county’s middle and high school population. Rates are high in the country but even higher among young people in Dougherty County.

Georgia is ranked sixth for chlamydia in the county and eighth for gonorrhea. Here are additional statistics of note according to a recent report about Dougherty county residents and the Southwest Georgia health district.

  • 40 percent of new chlamydia cases are in this area
  • 39 percent of new gonorrhea cases are in this area
  • 60 percent of the new syphilis cases are in this area

STDs are present in almost every community in the state but the numbers are higher in Dougherty County. Statewide, data shows that Georgia has the third highest lifetime risk of someone getting diagnosed with HIV.

The state’s health director recently addressed the issue of what is causing high numbers in a smaller county like Dougherty. Director Ruis responded by saying that the area is a cultural hub.

In addition, a lack of education contributes to the issue. Ruis notes that young people may not realize the threat is there. Ruis feels more education would help to spread awareness. A challenge with spreading awareness comes from budget cuts.

If the system does not address how to handle budget cuts it could mean a cut in services. The area must look at how to become more efficient and still provide quality healthcare. The health department and other groups may need to seek non traditional funds such as grants to address rates that are high.

Graph of chlamydia rates in east dougherty georgia from 2015

Additional STD Test Statistics in East Dougherty, GA

The school system is partnering with the state’s health department and others to find a way to raise awareness for the age group that is most affected by STDs. The health district has information about STDs to provide to schools to educate students as STDs affect young people in Dougherty County at a high rate.

Schools want to find a way to remove the stigma of having an STD. Then the schools can foster an environment of talking openly.

Students and parents can then understand what they can do to solve the problem. We see a partnership of the schools in your area with the Phoebe Network of Trust to improve sex education. This can help address the STD problem in the area. The aim of the partnering is to educate teachers on effective sex education curriculum.

Teachers can then pass the information on to middle and high school students. Some in the state consider the alarming numbers for STDs show it is important to give teens accurate information about STDs. This should include talking about the danger of teen pregnancy and STIs. It should also include refusal skills.

The school system started with the abstinence approach but now schools are moving to comprehensive sex education. Schools systems are working to getting awareness out to students and still follow state rules.

Some in the school systems note they are confined by state law on how to present material. The school system in Dougherty County is still in an abstinence based curriculum. In reality school officials believe they need to get the message to students and parents that there is a problem in Dougherty County and what steps to take to solve the problem. Organizations besides the schools should be involved too to play a role in bringing awareness to the community.

So says Dougherty County Commissioner Anthony Jones. This should include the 4H clubs and Boys and Girls Clubs as well as faith based organizations.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in East Dougherty, GA

Demographics play a role in STD rates in your city. Here are some demographics to consider for your county. STDs disproportionately affect young people in Dougherty County.

Consider the recent numbers that 15 to 24 year olds in Dougherty County make up 76% of the county’s sexually transmitted disease cases and 15 to 19 year olds make up 35% of cases in the county.

Students and young people are a demographic that is affected. The Center for Disease Control notes increases in senior citizen population STDs. We have see rates for syphilis among seniors up by 51 percent.

Chlamydia rates are up too. Since pregnancy is not an issue, seniors could feel that unprotected sex is an option. Seniors have not received an education in how unprotected sex can lead to STDs.

As you get older, your immune system tends to weaken. You can be more prone to infection. This can be a concern also if a senior has an STD, is fighting it off, and could become more vulnerable to another infection. Seniors need education on STDs. They need the same information young people get.

STI Testing Resources in East Dougherty, GA

You can get information about STDs, testing, and treatment from various sources in your city. This sources include area schools, hospitals, clinics, and private companies.  

Phoebe Hospital is one facility that can help. The Urgent Care Center at Phoebe East is another possibility.

Georgia Department of Public Health Southwest Public Health District 8-2 Dougherty County Health Department is a facility that can help. This facility includes these services.

  • Conventional HIV Oral Testing
  • Rapid HIV Oral Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Herpes Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • HPV Vaccine

Albany Area Primary Health Care Incorporated Rural Clinic is another facility that can help. Services are for patients only so you would have to become a patient here. You must have a physician referral. HIV antibody testing is for partners of patients only. Here is what is offered at this facility.

  • Rapid HIV Oral Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Herpes Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine

Georgia Department of Public Health Southwest Health District 8-2 Lee County Health Department is yet another facility that can help. Here is what the facility offers.

  • Conventional HIV Blood Testing
  • Rapid HIV Blood Testing
  • Rapid HIV Oral Testing
  • Chlamydia Testing
  • Syphilis Testing
  • Gonorrhea Testing
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • HPV Vaccine

This Planned Parenthood/Marietta Health Center location is a place that can help you with STD education, testing, and treatment. Unfortunately, the location is over 100 miles from your city. Be aware that the staff is trained to help you with your situation and the Planned Parenthood/Prince George’s County facility offers STD testing, diagnosis, and treatment including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Additionally, the center provides testing and diagnosis for HIV and testing, diagnosis, and treatment for bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, herpes, and trichomoniasis. STD prevention services include condoms, HPV (Gardasil) vaccines, hepatitis B vaccines, and STD/safer sex education. The facility tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia using a urine sample.

If this test shows an infection, then you will get treatment and an explanation of how your partner can be treated. Rapid HIV testing is done by swabbing the inside of your mouth with results available in 20-40 minutes.

STD Check is another option. They advertise that they are 100 percent confidential. You get results in one to two days. All tests are FDA approved. Same day testing is available. With this service you order a test. Then you go to a lab near you. Then you get results. You also get a free doctor consultation. You can speak with a doctor if your tests are positive. These doctors can prescribe treatment or refer you to a specialist. You can also call any time for a status update. Care advisers are available 24/7 if you have questions.

This kind of service can eliminate embarrassment. It also gives you access to the same kind of testing used by doctors and hospitals. You can visit a local lab without an appointment once you put in a request for an order.  Nothing is reported to your insurance or placed into your medical records.

STD Test Express is another such service. Let’s Get Checked is another option. It provides a way for you to get tested at your home.

Better Sexual Health in East Dougherty, GA

Whether you to go to Planned Parenthood/Marietta Cobb Health Center, a high school counsellor or nurse, an online service, or a clinic or hospital such as Phoebe Hospital, you can find in your area information about STDs, testing, and treatment. While STD rates are high in your city and area, help is available in your area in the way of testing and treatment that is confidential, discreet, compassionate, and effective.

Consider how the staff at these facilities is trained to help someone like you, especially with the staff at Planned Parenthood/Marietta Cobb Health Center or any other facility reminding you to check your health, improve it, and keep yourself healthy by always using a condom to practice safe sex. Here are links to resources mentioned above.

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