What are the STI test options in Germantown, TN?
Germantown is a sedate suburb of Memphis with beautiful national parks and its residents enjoy a serene lifestyle. Underneath the surface, however, there is a growing problem with sexually transmitted diseases in the area. In 2017, Shelby County was the public health region with the highest rates in Tennessee of Chlamydia with 961 cases per 100,000 population and Gonorrhea with 394.3 per 100,000 population.
The most concerning aspect of the rise in STDs in Shelby County is that statistics showed signs of improving in 2016 and by 2017 the situation had got drastically worse in spite of efforts to tackle the issue. In 2016 there were 2,934 reported cases of Gonorrhea and this shot up to 3.694 in the year leading up to 2017. In 2014 there were just 2,163 reported cases of Gonorrhea, down from 2.514 in 2013.
The situation with HIV is even more dire, with Shelby County alone accounting for 33.8% of newly reported cases in 2017 in the entire state. There were 6467 people living with HIV in the county in 2017. The age demographic most affected by HIV is 45-54-year-olds, which is in contrast to most other counties’ data in which younger people have the highest risk.
The public health department in Shelby County is devastated by the recent spurt in incidences of sexually transmitted diseases and have issued a warning urging residents in Germantown to get themselves tested on a regular basis.
While there are a couple of non-profit organizations offering free STD testing near Germantown, these clinics are often located in busy general health centers where patients risk bumping into friends or colleagues.
Situated near Lewis-David Park, in a residential away from the potential embarrassment of prying eyes in Cawthorn Clinic. Patients can get tested here and be assured that all charges are transparent and the medical staff are discrete and well-qualified.
Planned Parenthood – Memphis Center is located in East Memphis on Poplar Avenue. Patients can attend this clinic for confidential testing and even make the specialist doctor their primary care practitioner in case of a positive diagnosis.
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