What are the STI test options in Short Pump,VA?

HIV infections in Short Pump, Henrico County, gained from 647 at a rate of 263 in 2013 to 774 at a rate of 286 in 2018. Gonorrhea infections multiplied over the years from 290 at a rate of 92.1 in 2012 to 692 at a rate of 212.8 in 2016.

Syphilis infections remained constant, and the county department of health reported 7 infections at a rate of 8.7 in 2011. By the end of 2015, the figure was still 27 at a rate of 8.4.

Chlamydia infections were common among Short pump residents, and the infections surged from 1,546 at a rate of 485.2 in 2013 to 1, 798 at a rate of 548.3 in 2017. 

The Henrico County Department of Health has been lobbying for more funds from the federal government to boost its HIV/STD programs. These programs include providing PrEP and PEP medication at a subsidized rate, outreach campaigns for free HIV/STD testing, medical case management for positive patients, and linking and retaining newly diagnosed patients.

There are several hospitals in Short Pump town including the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and Johnston-Willis Hospital where residents can check their sexual health. Other hospitals include the BetterMed Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Richmond Health Center, which offer walk-in services and specialized sexual services respectively.

Free STD testing may be available in some of the hospitals in the town. However, some of the tests may be painful and invasive, and meeting with the physician may be uncomfortable and awkward to most patients.

Which one is right for you?