Residents of Terrytown, LA, have been battling the recent soaring cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV/AIDs. Statistics from the 2016 STD/HIV Surveillance Report in Louisiana showed that Jefferson Parish had more than 50 incidences of both primary and secondary syphilis in 2016.
The report, from the State of Louisiana Department of Health, further revealed that in 2016, Jefferson Parish, together with Orleans, Caddo and East Baton Rouge, contributed to 55% of the total P&S syphilis cases that were reported in the Louisiana.
On top of that, data from the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps disclosed that Jefferson had 1,711 HIV cases in 2013. That year, the HIV prevalence rate in the region was 468.
The STD/HIV Program (SHP) run by the Louisiana Department of Health words towards preventing the spread of chlamydia, and other STDs affecting residents. Through the program, you can get STD medical care, testing as well as counseling services. Furthermore, it also educates people about how they can take better care of their sexual health
To get tested for an STD, or any other infectious disease you can head to the Jefferson Parish Health Unit in Metairie. Fortunately, there are other options for you within the region. These include the Planned Parenthood – New Orleans Health Center or the New Orleans Health Department.
Several medical facilities may be providing free STD tests on specific days of the week. Besides the probable inconveniences with the long walk-in/waits time and waiting for the results for about two weeks, major disadvantages of free testing services may be the unavailability of preventative screening, and some centers may not test the residents for free unless they are experiencing symptoms.