What are the STI test options in Providence,RI?
Syphilis cases tripled between 2007 and 2017, reaching 8.5 cases per 100K people, with 80% of those infected residing in Providence County.
Health officials speculate that the rise in known cases could be partially due to increased and improved testing, but it’s still a worrying statistic. In 2017, the chlamydia rate in Providence County was 622.6. And in 2016, there were 294 cases of gonorrhea.
For both chlamydia and gonorrhea, there has been a spike in diagnoses of teens.
In 2015, 54 people in Providence County were diagnosed with HIV. Health officials recommend regular testing and condom use (they are concerned that condom use has decreased). Some organizations hold free STD testing events during STD Awareness Month to combat the problem.
With all of Providence’s medical expertise, there are plenty of STD-testing clinics in the city, so you should be able to find a location near you. The Rhode Island Department of Public Health can diagnose and treat most STDs on a sliding fee based on your finances.
Planned Parenthood, on Broad Street, tests for most STDs. Or try the Miriam Hospital HIV/STD Clinic on Main St or the AIDS Project Rhode Island on Pleasant St.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.