2018 Montgomery County, MD reported 66 cases of primary and secondary syphilis. There were also 94 cases of early latent syphilis recorded.
The total number of syphilis in its primary and secondary stages had also increased since the year prior.
Citizens of the County also reported a whopping 4,410 instances of chlamydia in 2018, a rate of 416.5 per 100,000 residents. These rates had increased slightly since the previous year.
There were 660 recorded gonorrhea cases in Montgomery County, MD in 2018, which is a rate of 62.3 instances per 100,000 people.
“Health officials in Montgomery County are concerned about rising STD rates in the area. As they are the highest they have been in a decade.
Efforts to reduce these number include public awareness of the numbers as well as providing information on local STD testing sites.”
You may find STD testing services at the Dennis Avenue Health Center in Silver spring. You can also find a local testing site at your county health department. The one in Montgomery is also in Silver spring on Fenton Street.
You can likely find Free STD testing in your community as well. Often testing sites can be found on college or university campuses. Such free or low income testing may also be done at planned parenthood.
It is important to proceed with caution when considering this testing option. This is because you may not get test results that are as accurate, and you may end up paying for some services.