Located in Anne Arundel County of Maryland and with a population of 24287, Pasadena is a census designated place. It is sometimes referred to as The Dirty Dena” while other say it is like being stuck in 1985 upon visiting the place.
Ann Arundel has seen a steady increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections with Chlamydia rates going up to 358.7 from 298.8. The most affected groups are youths aged between 15 to 24 years.
It was also noted that Anne Arundel county reported Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates that were way higher than the state averages. Gonorrhea has seen a 63% increase reaching its highest level for the last 10 years. 42% of the cases were among 15 to 24 year olds. A 1.7% increase was reported among Syphilis cases with 16% of the cases being among 15 to 24-year-old people.
“Evidence suggests that the systems used to identify, treat and eventually prevent STDs are tainted to near-breaking point.” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
Pasadena through the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s HIV/STD Prevention and Care Programme has employed new strategies for the younger population to combat the increasing STI rates.
There are plenty of STD testing options in Pasadena. Some of the public facilities may offer free STD testing though results might not be immediate and people might know why you are there.
Some of the places where you can visit are Chase Brexton Health Care Glen Burnie Center, Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Family Health Centers of Baltimore Cherry Hill which offers, Chlamydia, Gonnorhea, Hepatitis A and B vaccine and test as well as Syphilis and Herpes tests.