Arizona State has over the last 15 years noted chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis become the three common sexually transmitted diseases in the area. The infection incidence has more than tripled since 2000.
According to the Arizona 2017 Annual STD Report, the three STDs have had their rates increase from 17,185 cases in 2000 to 54,574 cases in 2017. This is a 13% increase in chlamydia from 34.923 to 39,635 new cases and up by 21% for gonorrhea with 10,330 new diagnoses in 2000 and 12, 514 in 2017. Syphilis has climbed by 24% from 1,960 to 2,425 new cases over the same period.
It is important to get regularly tested for STDs and treated if positive. Untreated STDs have permanent health outcomes such as infertility, disability, complications during pregnancy, pelvic diseases and disorders and worse still fatal.
Arizona Health Department in Nogales is calling on all to put their hands on the deck in controlling the spread of STDs – healthcare providers, authorities, health department and the public. In addition, it has made STD testing and treatment more accessible to vulnerable populations. Prevention saves the state lives and money.
Public STD Testing and training centers in Nogales include Mariposa Community Health Center on Mastick way 1852 north in Nogales affiliated with Santa Cruz County Public Health Services and Arizona Department of Health Services along 18th North avenue 150 in Phoenix.
Moreover, some health centers might offer free STD testing but the health facilities may require you to proof your income and area of residency for eligibility of these services. Sometimes, the low-cost clinics might not offer comprehensive STD tests or they may charge you for some particular tests.