North Little Rock Arkansas is home to the University of Arkansas, Shorter College, and a number of historic points of interest. Just north is Little Rock Air Force Base. Home of the C-130 Hercules Training center. With that many high-speed go-getters, it is no surprise that sexually transmitted diseases and infections are on the rise.
As a suburb of Little Rock, North Little Rock shares many of the same issues as its urban metropolitan counterpart, and with the rest of the state.
Being ranked 8th and 6th for chlamydia and gonorrhea respectively, would seem risky enough by itself, but when compared to its relatively low state population, the rate of infection looks disproportionate, and on the rise.
Though diligence in screening has reduced syphilis cases by 30% between 2011 and 2015.
Those affected are most commonly either in the 15-24 year age group, female, or People of Color, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas – State Health Profile. Doctors with the Health Department hypothesize that shame and failing to be screened out of fear or misinformation might be leading to the increased risk of transmission.
But affordable professional help is available near you. North Little Rock Health Department, Concentra Urgent Care, MedExpress Urgent Care, and Baptist Health Urgent Care-North Little Rock are all easily accessed along the highway 30/40/167 corridor. Many will have cheap, if not free, STD testing available and often can have results back within 1-2 days. If you’re a college student, check your campus calendar for more STD/HIV testing options.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across North Little Rock clinics with our easy-to-read chart.