New Orleans, Louisiana, has had its fair share of STD pandemic, and the numbers continue to increase. Thus, the region’s health officials are strategizing on better and effective prevention measures to prevent a looming health crisis.
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, there were 7,754 cases of chlamydia in New Orleans in 2015, accounting for 24% of chlamydia occurrences in the state. The prevalence was 866.6. Gonorrhea incidences were 2,568 with an incident rate of 287.0.
Furthermore, there were 93 new syphilis diagnoses and 377 HIV cases. These had occurrence rates of 10.6 and 42.1 respectively.
To reduce HIV infections, “Let’s Stop HIV Together” initiative was started. This program carries out community education, shun HIV stigmatization, and promote the need for seeking treatment and adherence to care plans. It coalesces local organizations and partners to come together in the fight against HIV.
Harvey residents who are in need to STD testing services can get tested at the Louisiana Department of Health (The Orleans Parish Health Clinic) located on N Rampart St. The Movement clinic located on Esplanade Ave at Broad St may provide testing services for HIV, syphilis, and Hep C.
Instead, you can head down to the CrescentCare Health Center on Tulane Ave or the Planned Parenthood Health Center which lies along S Claiborne Ave.
Alternatively, you can go to nearby clinic that may offer free STD testing services in Harvey. However, aftercare prescriptions may be unavailable in case your result turns out positive. Your eligibility may also depend on your income or welfare association.