What are the STI test options in Lafayette,LA?
In 2015 the Lafayette rate of infection reached an average of 616 out of every 100,000 residents for chlamydia and 195.5 out of every 100,000 residents for gonorrhea. Syphilis increased to a rate of 9.9 per 100,000 residents, which doesn’t seem very high but is alarming for a disease that was almost eradicated two decades ago.
HIV came in at a rate of 15.1 per 100,000 residents. Total reported cases included: 92 cases of HIV, 60 cases of syphilis, 1,189 cases of gonorrhea, and 3,746 cases of chlamydia. These numbers show a significant amount of the state’s population are affected every year by sexually transmitted diseases.
To help combat this growing public health concern no-cost STD testing is offered at various clinics during the month of April, which is STD Awareness Month.
The state has also initiated the STD/HIV Program with a focus on preventing transmission through medical availability, social services, and tracking statistics. Lafayette has many testing options to choose from., including free STD testing for those that don’t mind waiting for an appointment.
Testing locations include the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic on Jefferson Street and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on West Willow Street.
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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.