STD rates in Norfolk have reached pretty severe heights. However, STD rates have seen rises over the past seven years, which is the story being told across the nation at present.
Many STDs can infect the body without symptoms, so it’s important to understand the risks and seek out regular testing for all those who are sexually active.
The city of Norfolk ranked as high as the 5th most sexually diseased city in the United States according to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The city reported over 4,000 cases of new STDS that year.
To combat this growing health concern such organizations as the Virginia Department of Health offer services that provide education, support, and preventative measures. Some organizations cater to at-risk populations like the LGBT community, and will go so far as to provide transportation. Low cost services are offered throughout the area to those who are uninsured or underinsured and if you qualify free STD testing is possible.
Testing facilities are scattered across the city. The Urban League of Hampton Roads on Goff Street and the Virginia Department of Health on Southampton Avenue are just two of the many options throughout the Norfolk area.