The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is known for high STD rates. Virginia health officials are especially concerned about the rising syphilis rates, which increased by 40% between 2015 and 2016.
The disease was under control a short decade ago, and it has made a comeback in recent years, mainly due to decreased condom use. Without regular testing, it can be hard to detect since early symptoms mimic other diseases. But it can go on to do irreversible damage to the internal organs.
In 2015, there were 213 people living with HIV or AIDS in Suffolk, with a prevalence rate of 294 per 100K people, just a bit under Virginia’s rate of 308. In 2016, Suffolk had a chlamydia rate of 684 per 100K people. The gonorrhea rate was 264.3 and the (primary and secondary) syphilis rate was 6.8.
There may be free STD testing available at the city clinics, and some STI tests are based on your income, so you will need to show proof of your income to determine your price. There may be a wait for these services. Genis Women’s Care PC, on Godwin Blvd, tests for and treats STDs. Lifetime Women’s Health, on the same street, also provides STI testing as part of their well woman exam.