What are the STI test options in Easton,PA?
Communities in Northampton County, PA, including the county seat of Easton, are experiencing an increase in both chlamydia and gonorrhea rates.
In fact, Northampton County has one of the highest chlamydia rates in Pennsylvania. State records show that in 2017, the county’s rate of newly reported chlamydia rates was 388.9 per 100,000 residents.
Gonorrhea rates in the county saw a significant spike from 2016 to 2017 as the number of newly reported cases rose from 242 cases in 2016 to 409 cases in 2017.
The good news is that syphilis rates, including primary and secondary stage syphilis, dropped from 9 newly reported cases in 2016 to 5 newly reported cases in 2017.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), HIV rates in Northampton County remained steady from 2016 to 2017 with there being 6 newly reported cases in both years.
There are several healthcare facilities located in Easton, PA, that might offer HIV and STD testing, including Bailey Health Center, HOPE at St. Luke’s Hospital, and Planned Parenthood – Easton Health Center. Residents can also travel into nearby Bethlehem for access to additional clinics that may offer STD testing, such as Navus ACS and New Directions Treatment Services.
In addition, there are numerous private healthcare centers and doctor offices that may provide STD and HIV testing. Many of these practices are located in the streets surrounding the Easton Hospital or along Northampton Street.
Some medical clinics advertise low-cost or free STD testing. While these tests might be a good option for some residents, it’s important to realize that some of these clinics may not provide access to a physician, so you may need to go to a second location for treatment options.
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