What are the STI test options in Washington,DC?
Washington, D.C. is known for many things, and unfortunately, it can now add STD rates to that list.
This city has the highest rate of Chlamydia in the United States at a rate of 1,083 cases per 100,000 people. It also has the highest rate of Syphilis in the U.S. at a rate of 84.5 cases per 100,000 people.
Perhaps the most disturbing statistic is that Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of teenagers infected with STDs in the United States, at a rate of 55 cases per 1,000 teens. Because of this, there are many resources for STD testing, sexual education, and contraceptives just for teens.
There are many private and public testing centers available in Washington, D.C., including Planned Parenthood on 4th Street or the Department of Health on Massachusetts Avenue. There are many private options as well, on Georgia Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and some area clinics also offer free STD testing to residents. You may not be able to just “walk-in” to take advantage of this service, so it is recommended that you call ahead first.
If you and your partner feel that you need to be tested, don’t hesitate.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.