In 2017, high numbers of new STDs cases reported in Matthews, NC. raised concerns among the residents and the city’s health officials. Public health officials in North Carolina County were particularly worried about an increase in the number of STD diagnoses among the 15-29 years old. By the end of 2017, cases of STD infections in Mathews, NC diagnosed in youths of 25 years and below accounted for 65 percent of all new STD infections. Cases of gonorrhea had increased by 14 percent and syphilis by 9.8 percent. In 2010, there were 93, 1595, and 4,537 newly reported cases of syphilis (both primary and secondary), gonorrhea, and chlamydia respectively in the county.
In 2016, NC was ranked sixth in having the highest number of new HIV infections totaling 1315 reported cases. However, the number of new infections had fallen by 14% between 2014 and 2016, with more than 6600 people living with HIV in Mecklenburg County. By the end of 2016, 264 new cases of HIV diagnoses were reported in the county.
North Carolina Communicable Diseases Control Department has been in the forefront in the fight against the spread of STDs. In recent years, the county has been setting aside funds for distribution of PrEP and providing STDs education to the public. Additionally, Mecklenburg County Health is now mobilizing, rebuilding, and expanding its programs to fight the spread of STDs. Public hospitals in Mathews, NC. are now equipped with more doctors and STDs treatment and education resources.
In Matthews, N.C, you can seek STD testing services from 1500 Matthews Twnshp Pkwy#1147. More facilities are Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Charlotte Health Center located at 4822 Albemarle Rd Ste 103, Carolinas CARE Partnership located at 5855 Executive Center Dr. Ste 101, Mecklenburg County Health Department Southeast Campus Clinic, Ballantyne Family Medicine, RAIN, Reserve Health, and Mecklenburg County Health Department Walgreens Testing Site.
You can also seek free STD testing from other clinics available near you. However, free STDs testing centers may not have a walk-in option. In addition, if tested positive, the prescription you get after the test might not be available. Moreover, a doctor’s consultation may not be available in many free testing centers.