What are the STI test options in Lake Charles,LA?
In 2015 STD rate was 695.2 out of 100,000, higher than the national average of 478.8 per 100,000 and an increase from the year before.
Chlamydia rates rose 11.9% between 2014 and 2015 and were 45.2% higher than the national average. Gonorrhea also showed an increase of 14.5% between the years of 2014 and 2015, and was also 14.5% higher than the national average. Syphilis increased by 21% between 2014 and 2015.
Calcasieu Parish reported the following rates for 2016: 987 cases of chlamydia, 338 cases of gonorrhea, 17 cases of primary and secondary syphilis, and 31 cases of HIV diagnoses.
In response, the state now has the STD/HIV Program focused on preventing STD transmission through medical availability, social services, and STD case tracking. State health departments are offering no-cost STD testing at certain locations during the month of April in support of STD Awareness Month.
Year round the Lake Charles area has many facilities for STD testing. On Opelousas Street you can find the Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services, the Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council testing facilities is located on Common Street, and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals offers testing at their location on Kirkman Street.
Throughout the year there are also opportunities to schedule free STD testing, though dates are not consistent and may not be soon enough to protect your sexual health.