What are the STI test options in New Orleans,LA?
According to statistics from 2016, Louisiana is the second highest state in four major sexually transmitted diseases, including Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and, perhaps most alarming, HIV.
Some infectious disease doctors say that between 20 and 25% of people in the state who have HIV don’t know that they have it, which is part of the reason it’s so important to get tested.
New Orleans alone also rates highly for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis, and as of 2015 had an alarming 6,600 cases of HIV inside the city.
It is actually easy to find a testing center throughout New Orleans. There are public options available, including Planned Parenthood on Claiborne Avenue, and many private testing centers available, as well, including on Esplanade Avenue, Caton Street, and more. You can even inquire if the clinic has free STD testing for residents, though since i.d. is necessary everyone might know the reason for your visit.
One important thing to remember is that parking will be limited at many testing locations. This doesn’t have to interfere with your visit. All you have to do is take advantage of the city’s extensive public transportation system, which even includes horse drawn carriages.
If you’re anxious to be tested for STDs, remember that you are not alone, especially in New Orleans.
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