Salisbury is a city in Rowan County, North Carolina. According to the latest numbers, there were 927 cases of chlamydia, 255 cases of gonorrhea, 18 cases of syphilis, and 16 reports of HIV in 2017.
“We’ve had increases in almost everything this year and over the past few years, and I think we’re experiencing the same thing as they’re seeing nationally: limited dollars on the front lines of the transmission of STDs are hampering our ability to respond,” said Erika Samoff, an epidemiologist from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Salisbury public health is managed by Rowan County which supports efforts to prevent STDs through condom/female condom/dental dam distribution, HIV testing and counseling, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education, and STD Prevention and Education.
There are a few options to consider when looking for a STD testing clinic. In Salisbury, the Rowan County Health Department has a clinic on East Innes St, a First Care Medical Clinic on West Innes St, a Community Care Clinic of Rowan on Mocksville Ave, and a FastMed Urgent Care clinic on Klumac Rd.
Other options include another urgent care clinic on Jake Alexander Blvd in Salisbury and Cabarrus Family Medicine clinic on Salisbury Avenue in Spencer.
While some clinics may offer free STD testing, others may only offer some tests for free. Clinics may also vary in hours, may have long wait times, and services may be dependent on income and welfare eligibility.