What are the STI test options in Metairie,LA?
Metairie, Louisiana, is part of the New Orleans metropolitan area, and that city was once ranked the 8th most sexually diseased city in the US. Louisiana, in general, has a big STD problem, due partially to insufficient sex education in schools and to high poverty levels.
Metairie’s STD rates are lower than those in New Orleans itself. In 2016, the HIV prevalence rate in Metairie’s zip codes ranged from 239 to 549 per 100K people, in contrast to rates in New Orleans that nearly hit the 4,000 mark. The same year, Jefferson Parish’s chlamydia rate was 680.3, in contrast to Orleans Parish’s 1,188.9 per 100K people.
Jefferson Parish’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 191.2 and 14.7.
There are some STD-testing clinics in Metairie, and even more options if you can get to New Orleans. At least one nonprofit provides free STD testing, but there may be a wait for their walk-in services.
The Jefferson Parish Health Unit on Causeway Blvd offers STD screening. Check ahead for their schedule and to see if you qualify for low-cost services. Planned Parenthood is located on Claiborne Ave, and they test for STIs and treat all except HIV. The fee is on a sliding scale and depends on your income.