The founder of Surprise, Arizona, Flora Mae Statler, would likely be surprised to find out today that the city is booming. Less thrilling, but still notable, is the increase in sexually transmitted diseases.
The city of Surprise belongs to Maricopa County. 526 total new cases of HIV were reported for the county in 2017.
Putting the rate at 12.2 per 100,000 people. Health professionals in the Surprise area recommend regular screening for HIV and STIs, especially since so many bacterial infections don’t present symptoms.
The rate of chlamydia cases for Maricopa County have increased 64 percent since the year 2004. The rate for the county as of 2016 was 522 per 100,000 people. Gonorrhea, which was on a steady decline (down to 65 per 100K) up until 2010, is now at a rate of 155 per 100,000 people. 2016 also set an all-time high for syphilis rates in the Surprise area with 33 out of 100,000 people newly diagnosed. While most new STD cases continue to be found in women ages 15-24, Maricopa County has discovered another way in which they’re unique—with many new cases being found in adults over 55 years of age. The community is addressing this concern with some locations offering free testing for senior citizens.
For affordable clinics near your location, one option is NextCare Urgent Care on West Mountain View Boulevard. They offer a range of in-house lab tests, and you can save wait time by checking in online. For hepatitis C testing, walk-ins are welcome over at Minute Clinic on Greenway road. Their hours are limited and afternoons are busy, so plan your visit accordingly. Another option for testing is to go through LabCorp over on Bell road.
To find the best services and location for you, use our search tools below to compare location features across Surprise clinics with our easy-to-read chart.