The US has seen a rise in STD rates over the past decade, and Virginia’s rates are also rising. Health officials worry that insufficient sex education is contributing to the problem, as more and more young people are coming in with STIs after having sex without protection.
In 2016, the chlamydia rate in Lynchburg was 667.8 per 100K people. To compare, Virginia’s rate for that year was 473.2. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 191.7 and 0.
In 2015, there were 170 people living with HIV and AIDS in Lynchburg, with a prevalence rate of 249 per 100K people. Health officials worry that there are a lot of people out there who do not know they are infected.
There is still a social stigma around HIV, especially directed toward gay and bisexual men, and this could discourage people from coming in for testing. But medical professionals are discreet and only want to help you.
There are only a few STD-testing clinics in Lynchburg, including a charitable clinic that provides free STD testing for their regular patients only (eligibility based on your income). The Virginia Department of Health provides HIV and other STI testing at their clinic on Alleghany Ave. The fees for most of their services depend on your income. The CVS MinuteClinic on Wards Rd does basic STD screening.