Neighborhoods in Anne Arundel County, such as the community of Lake Shore, Maryland, have seen an increase in the number of new chlamydia cases reported from 2017 to 2018. County records show that the number of new chlamydia cases reported rose nearly 4 percent with 2,234 new cases reported in 2017 and 2,316 new cases reported in 2018.
Gonorrhea and syphilis rates, however, decreased over the same timeframe. Reports show that the number of new gonorrhea cases declined from 583 new cases in 2017 to 544 new cases in 2018, and syphilis rates dropped from 34 new cases in 2017 to 27 new cases in 2018.
Studies show that the majority of new STD cases reported involve residents between the ages of 15 and 29 years old.
The Anne Arundel County 2017 records show that HIV rates throughout the county have been steadily decreasing since 2014, as the number of new HIV cases reported fell from 54 cases in 2014 to 49 cases in 2015, to 46 cases in 2016, to 42 cases in 2017.
There are limited public healthcare clinics in Lake Shore, Maryland, that offer STD testing. However, several local physicians might provide both STD and HIV testing. Many of the doctor’s offices in Lake Shore are located close to Mountain Road.
There are also several nearby healthcare centers that may offer STD and HIV testing, including Severna Park Pregnancy Center in Severna Park, Medical Testing Center in Bowie, Righttime Medical Care in Pasadena, and Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Maryland Healthcare Clinics, both of which are located in Glen Burnie.
Some clinics have an option for either low-cost or free STD testing, but these free services may only be available to those who meet specific income and residency requirements. In addition, some clinics do not provide comprehensive STD testing options, and many don’t offer same-day test results.