STD rates, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, are up across the United States, and rates in communities in Wake County, including Morrisville, North Carolina, is no exception. In fact, STD rates in the county have steadily been increasing since 2014.
County records show that the number of newly reported chlamydia cases rose by nearly 43 percent, as the number of new cases increased from 4,557 cases in 2014 to 6,500 cases in 2018. Gonorrhea rates in Wake County increased by more than 70 percent over the same timeframe, as the number of newly reported gonorrhea cases jumped from 1,262 cases in 2014 to 2,147 cases in 2018.
While syphilis rates spiked from 2014 to 2015, as the number of newly reported syphilis cases rose from 181 cases in 2014 to 248 cases in 2015, these rates remained fairly consistent from 2015 to 2018, as the number of newly reported syphilis cases ranged from 248 cases to 252 cases.
CDC records show that HIV rates in Wake County, North Carolina, fell from 19.8 cases for every 100,000 residents in 2016 to 14.6 cases for every 100,000 residents in 2017.
Students living in the Morrisville area may be able to find STD test options at their university’s health center. Other residents may be able to have STD or HIV testing done at a private physician’s office or medical center in Morrisville. Many of these facilities are located along Davis Drive and Chapel Hill Drive.
Since there are limited public STD centers in Morrisville, residents may want to take the 20 minute drive east into Raleigh for access to a variety of possible testing locations, such as Wake County Public Health Center, Your Choice Pregnancy Center, NextCare Urgent Care, Gateway Women’s Care, and A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh.
Some testing locations may offer free STD testing, but some clinics don’t provide comprehensive testing options. In addition, you may incur long wait times and test results may not be immediate.