What are the STI test options in North Charleston,SC?

By the 2013 CDC data, North Charleston is ranked the 80th most sexually diseased in the US. Military bases often bring STD numbers up in an area, and numbers are also high in the South, with low levels of sex education and large numbers of people without health care.

Health officials are especially concerned with the HIV rates. While 20 people were diagnosed in 2017, there were 7 cases in January 2018 alone.

Chlamydia is so prevalent in the Lowcountry area that some health professionals call it the “Charleston Strain” (others say better testing is responsible for the rise). In either case, chlamydia is no joke, and sexually active individuals, particularly young women, should be screened regularly.  

There are some options for STD testing in North Charleston, and even more in surrounding areas such as Charleston. There are some community clinics that offer free STD testing. These might have a long wait, increasing the likelihood that someone might see you there.

The Lowcountry Pregnancy Center provides STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea only. Palmetto Community Care, on Meeting Street Rd, offers support for HIV-positive individuals. You can also get basic screening in the CVS MinuteClinic.

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STD Statistics In Charleston County, SC



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Additional STD Test Statistics in North Charleston, SC

The South Carolina Department of Health noted that HIV/AIDs cases reported in 2013 and 2014 rose 8.3 percent over previous years. This has caused the metro area to be ranked 31st in the nation for its high rate of HIV infections. While the growing number of newly diagnosed HIV cases is frightening, its not the only STD being diagnosed with increasing frequency.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea incidents are also on the rise. Herpes has long been a problem in the public schools, and since students are not being tested there is little chance that it will improve. Hepatitis B and C incidents are decreasing, and Syphilis seems to mainly be a problem for adults. Even though some of the statistics might seem to indicate that STD rates might be starting to improve, the simple fact that HIV/AIDS incidents are increasing show that residents are still at risk.

Some of the statistics released by health department officials include,

  • In 2014 residents ages 20 to 29 accounted for 41 percent of the reported HIV/AIDS diagnoses.
  • 71 percent of those who tested positive for HIV/AIDS were African American in 2014.
  • The period from 2009 to 2013 saw 447 new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the metro city.

STD Testing North Charleston, SC

STD Testing North Charleston, SC

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in North Charleston, SC

Even though lawmakers and local school officials are well aware of the high STD rate in the metro area, they are still not ready to take steps to resolve the problem. In the 2015-2016 school year school board members and parents met to discuss implementing a sexual program that would teach students about the use of contraceptives, while still encouraging abstinence. Even this was met with fierce resistance from parents and conservatives who believe that any type of comprehensive program would only encourage students to become sexually active.

The statistics already show that a large number of teens are sexually active by the time they turn 18. For those that need more proof, they simply need to look at the number of teens that become pregnant before graduation.

Studies show metro areas that have made comprehensive sexual education programs mandatory in its public schools do have a lower STD rate among students, and this even includes Herpes. Teen pregnancy numbers are also down, and this is simply because they now have the information they need.

If teens and their parents had information on regular Herpes testing in North Charleston, chances are the city would soon begin seeing the number of positive diagnoses start to drop. This is also true concerning regular HIV testing in North Charleston.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in North Charleston, SC

With its location on the Atlantic Coast, rich maritime history and beautiful mansions, tourists flock to the area throughout the year. The revenue that the tourism industry brings into the area is always welcome, but this also means an increased risk for residents to contract a sexually transmitted disease.

Since the information residents need to know how to protect themselves from these viruses is not readily available it is easy for them to become infection without even realizing that they were at risk. Most residents still do not understand how sexually transmitted diseases are spread and that simply abstaining from intercourse is not an effective method of protecting themselves. Since very few people understand that getting tested for STDs is an important part of taking care of their overall health, the city will continue to have some of the highest rates in the state.

For the small percentage of residents that want to get tested for STDs every 6 months or so, they are running into trouble finding a place to go. The historic city has strict regulations on where community health centers can go, and a very small budget to keep the clinics open and running. When residents do find a clinic they also discover extremely long lines, which can cause many of them to simply walk away hoping that they are not infected with a venereal disease.

STD Testing North Charleston, SC

STD Testing North Charleston, SC

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You cannot have good sexual health without regular STD testing, even if you are abstaining from intercourse until marriage. They can be spread several ways, and some can only be detected by testing. If you’re like others, privacy is a concern. It doesn’t have to be at a STI clinic. Fast results delivered discreetly, and the out-of-pocket expense is affordable.


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