North Carolina has some of the highest STD rates in the country, and Guilford County’s rates are among the highest in in the state. Health officials blame insufficient sex education for youth, who now don’t know how to protect themselves.
Also, the social stigma surrounding STDs can make many people reluctant to come in for testing. But clinics are discreet and those working there only want to help you and get you the treatment, support, and knowledge you need.
In 2015, Guilford County’s HIV prevalence rate was 503 per 100K people, well above North Carolina’s rate of 354. In 2017, 4,987 people in Guilford County were diagnosed with chlamydia, at a rate of 946.4, which is really high. The gonorrhea and total syphilis rates were 362.1 and 50.9.
North Carolina health officials hope to reach people through radio and social media to urge them to get tested.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in High Point, and even more options in Greensboro, including a non-profit organization that provides free STD testing, but only for HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. AFC Urgent Care on Eastchester Dr provides STI testing. FastMed Urgent Care also provides confidential STD testing at their two convenient High Point locations.