Frederick is in the Baltimore and Washington DC metropolitan areas, and both of those cities are known for very high STD rates. Health officials are mainly concerned about gonorrhea, which increased by 40% between 2015 and 2016.
The problem with gonorrhea is that there is only one medicine left that can treat it, and the disease is becoming resistant to that antibiotic. While it is basically asymptomatic in the early stages, it can lead to infertility in women. One way medical professionals are trying to win the battle against the disease is with expedited partner therapy, where a doctor prescribes antibiotics to a patient’s partner as well.
In 2015, there were 391 people living with HIV or AIDS in Frederick County, with a prevalence rate of 191 per 100K people, well below Maryland’s rate of 658. In 2017, 862 people in Frederick County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 342, also below Maryland’s rate of 552.1. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 54.8 and 1.6.
There’s a Planned Parenthood on Thomas Johnson Dr. They test for STIs and treat all of them except HIV, and their fee is on a sliding scale. The Frederick County Health Department provides confidential STI testing and treatment at their clinic on Montevue Ln.
You can also be tested at the Westview Urgent Care Medi Center on Buckeystown Pike. Watch for free STD testing opportunities, especially during STD Awareness Month or any awareness campaign.