What are the STI test options in Maricopa,AZ?
Rates of sexually transmitted diseases are rising more rapidly in Maricopa County, AZ faster than national averages. In the past 5 years, rates have gone up 50% for all STDs. There are many things to enjoy in Maricopa, such as hang gliding, casinos and museums, but you need to be healthy enough to enjoy them.
Chlamydia is the most common STD, with more than 25,000 cases. According to Maricopa government statistics, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have been steadily increasing since 2012. The most disturbing trend is the rising number of infants being born with Syphilis in Maricopa County.
More recently, HIV cases have dropped, but there are still over 400 cases. Many people who are diagnosed with HIV also have one or more other STDs along with it.
There are approximately 25,000 people with chlamydia in Maricopa County, and it is suspected that many more than that are not even aware that they have the disease.
If you are pregnant, getting tested is important for your baby’s health and your peace of mind. Maricopa County offers a number of public and private solutions for getting free and low-cost testing.
Low-cost testing is available at the County Department of Health during special testing events. The county partners with several private clinics around the county to provide these services. Costs vary, depending on the type test that is performed, but the hours of the clinic are limited and weekend hours are extremely limited.
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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.