Wake County has made headlines in the health sector but on a rather sad note. Sexually transmitted diseases, especially syphilis, have made the county rank among the most affected regions in North Carolina.
According to the Wake County Health Services Department, the number of syphilis incidences had increased from 178 to 245 in 2014-2015. That resulted in an increased rate of 8.5 per 100,000 persons as compared to 7.5 in 2012.
Further, between 2014 and 2015, the county documented 1,360 new cases of gonorrhea and 4,966 chlamydia incidences. In 2011-2013, HIV incidences in Wake rose from 139 to 186.
In the rally against the spread of HIV, the “Doing It” campaign was started. The goal of this movement is to get as many people to get tested and know their HIV status. The program strives to educate people on the importance of seeking testing services regularly, as part of routine check-ups.
If you’d like to know your STD/HIV status, you can go to the following health clinics near Fuquay-Varina: The Wake County Human Services Department clinics along Sunnybrook Rd, E Holding Ave, and Millbrook Rd.
Alternatively, you can visit the Hand of Hope Center at 607 N Ennis St, the Curo Women’s Health Clinic of Raleigh on Louisburg Rd, and the Women’s Center nestled on Cox Ave.
Other free STD clinics within Fuquay-Virani might provide free STD testing services, but most of them may expedite results after a long wait. Besides, you might not know the time of your visit, because they have inconsistent opening times and waiting times.