Mechanicsville, a small city in Hanover County with just under 40,000 inhabitants in 2019, has a relatively low amount of STD infections compared to the rest of the state. There is still, however, an increasing number of new cases each year.
In Hanover County in 2016, the syphilis rate was 3,8 per 100,000, the chlamydia rate was 284,2 per 100,000, and the gonorrhoea rate was 71,3 per 100,000. All three of these rates are increasing. The HIV rate was also fairly low compared to the rest of the state, clocking in at 4,8 per 100,000.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides funding to the Virginia State health department to provide sustainable, affordable and high impact prevention and control services.
There are a number of public and private testing centers in the vicinity of Mechanicsville. For public options, you could visit Glenwood Medical Center on Byron St or the Henrico County Health Department on Laburnum Ave. Both of these centers accept Medicaid, and Glenwood Medical Center also accepts Medicare. Additionally, these centers provide HIV testing.
Other public options include the Southside Medical Center on Cowardin Avenue, the Whitcomb Community Center on Deforrest St, or the Fairfield Community Center on 25th St.
If you are concerned about the costs involved, you should know that there may be free STD testing available. This may not always be the ideal choice, as costs may not be upfront, there can be long and inconsistent wait times, and there might not be a doctor available on site or on the phone.