What are the STI test options in Las Cruces,NM?
STD rates have been rising in New Mexico over the past decade, including syphilis, which had almost disappeared. Health officials blame budget cuts, which have resulted in cutbacks in sex education programs in school and other prevention programs. They also blame dating apps, which result in people having sex with people whose sexual history they don’t know, and who they may not be able to contact again.
In 2015, the HIV prevalence rate in Doña Ana County was 213 per 100K people, above New Mexico’s rate of 186. The county’s chlamydia rate in 2017 was 721 per 100K people, and the gonorrhea and early syphilis rates were 137 and 12.
Health officials urge all sexually active people to be tested often, even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms. Many STIs are asymptomatic in the early stages.
Las Cruces has a few STD-testing clinics. The Las Cruces Public Health Office provides STD and HIV testing at several locations in the city. There is at least one Christian clinic that provides counseling to pregnant women and also performs free STD testing, but clinic hours are limited.