In order to see a decrease in STD rates rather than a continued increase it’s important to promote information dissemination and regular testing as necessary components of a full healthcare routine.
Across the city the most commonly reported STDs are gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. All three of these diseases are treatable with antibiotics – at least for now. Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea appears to be on the rise. Early detection and treatment are vital for avoiding long-term health effects.
In Virginia, 12.6 HIV cases were reported per 100,000 residents.
To help combat the growing STD rates, the Virginia Department of Health has cultivated community partnerships to help assess and promote healthy living. Low cost and free STD testing services are offered throughout the area to those who are uninsured or underinsured. Proof of your financial status is often needed.
Testing centers are located throughout the Virginia Beach area. The Virginia Department of Health has a testing facility on Corporation Lane and the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood can be found on Newtown Road. The Urban League of Hampton Roads Incorporated’s testing facility can be found at 5700 Thurston Avenue.