Sadly, Roanoke is the 47th most sexually diseased city in the US. Health officials blame insufficient sexual education among young people, many of whom do not use protection (few people use condoms in the movies that young people watch, and they’re not getting enough sex ed in schools).
The chlamydia and gonorrhea rates among young people in Roanoke is higher than the state average. In 2015, the rate of chlamydia in Roanoke City was 694, and the 2013 gonorrhea rate was 427.6.
The HIV prevalence rate in Roanoke City was 473 per 100K people in 2015. Medical professionals recommend regular testing and condom use. Many young people are ashamed to come in for testing, but most STIs can be treated if caught, and clinics are discreet.
Many even offer free STD testing events periodically to entice people to come in.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Roanoke. Planned Parenthood is located on Peters Creek Rd and provides testing for all STIs and treatment for all except HIV. The Roanoke Health Department, on Williamson Rd, provides STD testing and treatment, as well as partner referral.
The Council of Community Services provides HIV screening and support for HIV-positive individuals. You can find them on Campbell Ave SW.