Eastern Virginia, and the Hampton Roads area in particular, has high STD rates and health officials worry it’s becoming an epidemic. They say that people don’t understand how risky unprotected sex is.
Further, HIV still carries such a stigma that people, especially men who have sex with men, are afraid to get tested. But medical professionals are discreet, treatment is available, and you should never be afraid to come in and get help.
In 2015, there were 545 people living with HIV or AIDS in Hampton, with a prevalence rate of 474 per 100K people.
Hampton’s gonorrhea rate was 358.4 per 100K people in 2016, which is obviously quite high. Note that Hampton is home to Langley Air Force Base, which would account for some of these numbers. The chlamydia rate was 1,037.7.
There are some STD-testing clinics in Hampton, and even more in the surrounding area. Some public clinics may provide free STD testing to individuals who can prove their inability to pay. Planned Parenthood is located on Yale Dr. They test for STIs and treat all of them except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale based on your income.
The Hampton Health Department on Victoria Blvd screens for STDs and HIV. The CVS MinuteClinic does basic STD screenings. There’s one on Mercury Blvd.