What are the STI test options in Lake Ridge,VA?
Lake Ridge, a census-designated place in Prince William County and an annex of Woodbridge, VA, is experiencing an increase in the prevalence of some sexually transmitted diseases. Since 2010, Prince William County statistics for STDs are consistently increasing. In 2013, Prince William County reported an average of 245 chlamydia cases per 100,000 residents. In 2019, chlamydia cases almost doubled to 419 per 100,000.
Fortunately, the HIV prevalence rates in Prince William County are lower than the state-wide average, and HIV diagnosis rates remain stable. Approximately 230 cases per 100,000 had been reported in 2014, and 226 per 100,000 cases were reported in 2018. Among persons newly diagnosed with HIV in Lake Ridge, and the surrounding areas, 68% received HIV care within 30 days.
The Virginia Department of Health has consistently been providing essential medical and support services to residents of Prince William County to try and reduce the number of teenagers diagnosed with STDs. One such program is the Teen Wellness program that aims to improve STD education, screening, and treatment services for teens in Prince William County.
Another program offered by the Virginia Health Department is the women’s wellness program which encourages young women to protect their sexual health. The county health department also supports the STD Awareness Month in April each year by offering STD testing services.
There are plenty of STD clinics that offer sexual health services all year round near Lake Ridge, including the AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care clinic in Woodbridge, the NextCare Urgent Care facility on Milstead Way, and the Prince William Area Free Clinic on Church Hill Dr.
Some facilities may offer free STD testing, particularly during STD Awareness Month, but booking an appointment may not be possible, and follow-up appointments may cost.
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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.