Maricopa County saw a rise in STD cases from 31,721 in 2016 to 35,859 in 2017, an upward trend that is now familiar across the nation. This was a 14% increase for Maricopa County. Although HIV cases saw a reduction – from 474 new cases reported in 2016 to 419 in 2017 – rates of such STDs as gonorrhea and chlamydia are on the rise.
Don’t wait for symptoms to seek out testing. Good health begins with preventative measures.
Throughout Tempe there are many options, from the Mountain Park Health Center on South Mill Avenue to the Planned Parenthood Arizona Incorporated on East Apache Boulevard. Some labs, like the Mountain Park Health Center, have multiple locations throughout the city.
Maricopa County hosts free STD testing events throughout the year, though expect long lines if you attend. ASU’s health clinics are also prioritizing destigmatizing STD testing.