What are the STI test options in North Bethesda,MD?
The number of new infections of sexually transmitted infections/ diseases (STIs or STDs) continues to escalate, eliciting concerns from the Montgomery County health officials. A recent CDC health data indicated that STD trends have risen over the past four years.
As per the report, new syphilis incidences had doubled from 2013 to 2015. On the flip side, the rate of new infections of gonorrhea had risen by 67% over the same while. a
In another report, chlamydia had the highest infection rate, with the number rising by 17.5% from 2016 to 2017. Among the 4,029 confirmed diagnoses, two-thirds of them occurred among women.
The Montgomery Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) STD/HIV Program funds care services for STD diagnoses and treatment, including housing opportunities for those living with the disease. The After-School Program for public schools aims at providing STD/HIV and drug abuse education to prevent the further spread of STIs.
One of the places you may consider for STD testing is the MDHHS clinic situated along Dennis Ave in Silver Springs. The clinic may provide STD/HIV testing, pre-test, and after-test counseling.
Alternatively, you may seek STD care from a nationwide provider such as the Planned Parenthood clinic located along Clubhouse Road in Gaithersburg. The clinic may provide STD diagnoses, screening, and treatment. You may also receive prevention services like free condoms and HPV vaccination.
Other clinics may render free STD testing services. However, you may not have multiple modes of payment. Also, it becomes a challenge to conceal the reason for your visit, making you feel ashamed for being witnessed going or coming out of the testing center. Additionally, results are rarely available online, and you may need to take some time off to go and collect them.