What are the STI test options in North Atlanta, GA?
North Atlanta, GA, is experiencing a devastating STD outbreak. A 2015 CDC STD Surveillance Report found the Sandy Springs-Roswell region in the northern area of the city has many of the highest STD rates in the entire country for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
The region reported 16,429 new cases of chlamydia in 2013, and by 2017 it more than doubled to 34,189 new diagnoses. Also in 2013, the area had 5,432 new gonorrhea infections, five years later that number jumped to a record 12,373 in 2017. Syphilis is another problem with 2,257 new diagnoses in 2015 rising to 3,281 in 2017.
In late 2018, Dr. Carlos Del Rio, the co-director of Emory University’s Center for AIDS Research told Atlanta’s WSB-TV 2, “Downtown Atlanta is as bad as Zimbabwe or Harare or Durban.” Referring to the city’s HIV epidemic.
There are dozens of locations in North Georgia to seek STD testing and treatment. The nearby DeKalb Health center, a service of the Dekalb County Board of Health is located at the corner of Dresden Dr and Clairmont Rd NE. The facility is easy to access by the number 19 bus.
Another option is the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Incorporated on Shallowford Road NE and Mercy Care Chamblee Clinic on Peachtree Rd in Chamblee. Both sites are accessible by public transportation.
While free STI screenings may be available at some of these locations, keep in mind that they may not offer walk-in or extended hours and results might take longer than clinics without free services.
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