Rio Rancho—or the City of Vision—is part of the Albuquerque metropolitan Statistical area (AMSA). Along with Santa Fe, Las Vegas NM, many smaller towns, and surprisingly even Albuquerque. This incredibly scenic stretch of America harbors a slice of historic Route 66. Within a beautiful hours drive you have every amenity anyone could hope for, and still all the privacy in the world.
The region is celebrated for their arts, culture, and their amazing food. Less celebrated, New Mexico’s rank of 5th on the list for most sexually diseased states.
According to the most recent data, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia are all sharply on the rise in the AMSA area. Chlamydia, the most common STI, was reported at a rate of 435.6 cases per 100,000 people. And the HIV rates in Santa Fe—within AMSA—are currently higher than all other counties in New Mexico at 271 per 100,000 people.
The New Mexico Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Prevention Program seeks to reduce and prevent these high occurrences of STIs. Health officials of the region believe the high influx of infections is partially due to today’s dating or “hook-up” culture. The CDC fears the trend will only grow as antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea are now surfacing.
Residents seeking screening have options. Some locations offer free std tests and others results in as little as 1-2 days. Particularly around STD awareness month in April. The Rio Rancho community has affordable clinics near you including Rio Rancho Family Clinic on Unser Boulevard, Minute Clinic on South East, NextCare Urgent Care on Rio Rancho Boulevard, and more.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Rio Rancho clinics with our easy-to-read chart.