The national health outcry over increased number of sexually transmitted diseases are sampled out downwards to the states and towns. The CDC reports a 19% increase in syphilis new diagnosis in 2015 with 24,000 cases; two thirds of which are the 15-24 year olds.
With an estimated population of 1,150,726 people, Fairfax county is one of the densely populated areas in Virginia about 13% with a directly proportional high STD rates. According to the States department of Health in 2016, 259 was the chlamydia incidence rate and 93.6 for gonorrhea in every 100,000 people.
Virginia Department of Health is encouraging people to get STD tested annually following permanent and at times fatal health impact of STDs as most of them have no symptoms. STDs is the leading cause of chronic pelvic pain and inflammation and infertility among women and men.
Fairfax County Health Department STI program aims at stopping disease transmission. Control and prevention measures put in place is timely STD testing and screening, science-based treatment, community education, counselling and outreach sensitization.
There are many tests involved in STD testing such as the blood HIV test, herpes tests, chlamydia tests, gonorrhea test, syphilis test, and HPV tests and vaccines among many others. Walgreen Health Center on the Fairfax main street 10320 is a public testing clinics that works in partnership with the Virginia Department of health.
Alternatively, some clinics in Fairfax may offer free STD testing. However, these clinics may not offer a wide range of tests and if done some charges may apply. Sometimes, you may encounter long queues before receiving services and the clinics may not allow to consult doctors on site.