Roswell, NM, the seat of Chaves County is experiencing an STD crisis with an increasing number of gonorrhea infections. In 2011, the gonorrhea rate in Chaves County was 24 per 100,000. Less than a decade later in 2017, it jumped to 181 cases per 100,000.
Chlamydia is also on the rise. The 2011 rate was 612 per 100,000. In 2017, that went up to 487 per 100,000.
The New Mexico Department of Health is concerned about the rising number of STDs in the state. Not only is the gonorrhea rate rising near Roswell, but it’s also climbing through all counties with a 40 percent hike between 2015 and 2016.
There are a few locations in Roswell, NM that provide STD testing. Most clinics are outside of the city. The Alianza of New Mexico’s Roswell Office is on S. Richardson Ave a few blocks from S. Main St. Another option is the New Mexico Department of Health’s Roswell Office on the corner of E. Chisum St and S. Grand Ave.
Alianza of New Mexico provides HIV and STD screenings at one of two locations in Roswell. Another nearby health center is Roswell Family Care on the corner of 285 and E. 12th St.
Not far from Roswell is the New Mexico Department of Health’s Public Health Division on S. Monroe St in Dexter. Further down Route 2, a few blocks off of 285 on Memorial Dr is the Presbyterian Medical Services at the Artesia Family Health Center.
Some locations might offer free screenings for certain STDs. But, they may not test for multiple STIs, and most sites can’t guarantee confidentiality.