STD rates, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, have been steadily increasing in communities throughout Montgomery County, including Gaithersburg, MD.
In fact, chlamydia rates in Montgomery County rose by more than 9 percent from 2017 to 2018, as the number of reported cases went from 4029 in 2017 to 4410 in 2018. During this same timeframe, the county saw the number of gonorrhea cases rise from 563 reported cases in 2017 to 660 reported cases in 2018, which represents a 17 percent increase.
Syphilis rates also rose. The number of reported syphilis cases, including primary and secondary syphilis, as well as early and late stages, increased from 227 cases in 2017 to 282 cases in 2018.
The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports show that there was a slight decrease in HIV cases in Montgomery County, as rates fell from 185 reported HIV cases in 2016 to 183 reported cases in 2017.
There are a few possible STD testing locations in Gaithersburg, MD, including Planned Parenthood – Gaithersburg and Doctors First Primary Care. You will also find several private physician and medical offices that might offer STD and HIV testing. Many of these facilities are located along South Frederick Avenue or near I-270.
You can head into nearby Silver Springs and Rockville to find numerous additional locations that might offer STD and HIV testing, such as the Dennis Avenue Health Center, Mary’s Center, and Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services – Rockville.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing, but these centers often have inconvenient hours. In addition, if a doctor is not on-site, you may not be able to obtain a prescription for after care treatment if you test positive.