What are the STI test options in Shreveport,LA?
Health changes can be subtle. Many STDs have the ability to be present without one ever realizing they’re infected unless they seek out testing.
For example, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be asymptomatic but they can also leave lasting and real damage if left untreated.
In 2015, STD rates were as high as 695.2 affected persons for every 100,000 residents. This number exceeded the national average, which reported at 478.8 affected persons for every 100,000 residents. From 2014 to 2015 chlamydia rates rose 11.9%, gonorrhea rose 14.5%, and syphilis increased by 21% – an alarming trend.
These rates exceeded the national averages of increase. The state and parish’s rate of increase for chlamydia was 45.2% higher than the national average, while gonorrhea was 14.5% higher than the national average.
To help combat this growing public health concern the state has rolled out programs focused on STD prevention and education. Preventative and educational measures are offered through increased medical availability, social services, and tracking STD statistics. Free STD testing is also being offered at various state health department locations but only during STD Awareness Month, which fall during the month of April.
From the Philadelphia Center on Centenary Boulevard to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on Old Minden Road, there are testing locations scattered throughout and around Shreveport. The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center also offers testing on St. Vincent Avenue.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.