What are the STI test options in Germantown,MD?
Health officials in Montgomery County are worried about rising STD rates, with some even pushing to make free condoms available in public schools in conjunction with education programs. They also aim to improve access to testing, including free STD testing, and expedited partner therapy.
They say that every sexually active person should always use protection and get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms. Most STDs are asymptomatic in the early stages.
In 2015, there were 3,660 people living with HIV or AIDS in Montgomery County, with a prevalence rate of 425 per 100K people, under Maryland’s rate of 658 but still high. In 2017, 4,029 people in Montgomery County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 380.5, also under Maryland’s rate of 552.1. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 68.6 and 5.
Germantown only has a few STD-testing clinics, but there are more in the surrounding areas. There’s a Planned Parenthood on Club House Rd in Gaithersburg. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV. The fee is on a sliding scale. The Germantown Health Center on Middlebrook Rd provides STD testing for residents of Montgomery County only.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.