Incidences of sexually transmitted infections in Maricopa County increased in 2017. It’s a reflection of the nationwide trend, which has prompted health officials to push for increased prevention and testing services.
According to a 2018 Health News Report on AZ Central, Maricopa County recorded an increase of 14% in STD cases in 2017, which resulted in a total of 35,859 confirmed STD diagnoses. In 2016, the number was lower – 31,721.
Moreover, incident rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis rose by double digits in the same period. On a positive note, HIV incidences in 2017 dropped to 419 from 474 new infections in the previous year.
The Maricopa Integrated Health System runs the Grants and Research division that has, for over two decades, provided quality HIV care. Through its Community Strength Project (CSP), HIV+ individuals, and the community at large can get Informed, tested, care, and involvement in prevention efforts.
To end the spread of STDS, people need to access testing services. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health STD clinic located along E Roosevelt St, Phoenix may offer STD testing services on a walk-in basis.
Another alternative is the Planned Parenthood Phoenix Medical Center set on N 75th Ave. You may also consider visiting the South West Center which lies on N Central Ave. The clinic may provide STD/HIV testing, case management, transport programs, and behavioral health, etc.
Other clinics within Fountain Hills may provide free STD testing, but you may not find the doctors around for consultations or you might be charged to consult doctors. Furthermore, the tests may not be as free as indicated.