In 2018, gonorrhea and chlamydia cases were the highest they’d ever been in ten years. Montgomery County, Maryland had 3,908 diagnosed HIV cases in 2017, and a prevalence rate of 462 per 100,000 people. Although syphilis wasn’t the most common STD’s in the county, there was more than a fifty percent increase in primary and secondary syphilis cases and an eighty-five percent increase in early syphilis form the previous year.
In 2017, there was a twenty-nine percent increase in gonorrhea infections in Montgomery County, Maryland and seventy percent of the 726 cases were men.
Montgomery County Maryland residents can seek STD testing at Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (Public Health Services) on Hungerford Drive as well as the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC Incorporated (Gaithersburg Center) on Club House Road.
The Virginia Department of Health (Fairfax County Health Department) on Cameron Glen Drive and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (Communicable Disease and Epidemiology) on Dennis Avenue also provide STD testing.
There are other locations that offer STD testing in the county and they include Marys Center (Montgomery County Clinic) and SOMOSCASA (Health Services) on University Boulevard. Inova Healthcare System (Inova Juniper Program) on Herndon Parkway also offers STD testing to the community.
Free STD testing may be available at various locations in the county for people who qualify, but these locations may have limited or inconvenient hours. There may be a limited number of tests offered and many may not have comprehensive results.
In addition, many tests may have upfront fees and there may be a lack of access to medical consultation or prescriptions for medication. Walk-in services may not be offered at some locations while others may not give patients the option to schedule appointments in advance.