Montgomery County, Maryland, including areas, such as Wheaton, saw a significant rise in STD cases from 2016 to 2017.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 4,000 reported cases of chlamydia in 2017, which represents a 17 percent increase from 2016.
In addition, the CDC revealed that there were more than 700 reported cases of gonorrhea during the same time frame, which resulted in a 29 percent increase from the previous year. Another CDC report shows that the county had 85 reported cases of AIDS in 2016.
Many of these new STD cases involve teenagers and young adults ranging from 15 to 26 years old. This rising epidemic is not limited to major cities within the county, but smaller communities, such as Wheaton, MD are also seeing a significant increase in reported STD cases.
According to the CDC, Montgomery County saw a 50 percent increase in primary and secondary syphilis cases and an 85 percent increase in early syphilis from 2016 to 2017.
Although STD testing centers are limited in Wheaton, MD, you will still find several clinics in the area. Many of these facilities, such as Proyecto Salud Clinic, are located along Georgia Avenue.
However, if you follow I-97 down into Silver Springs, MD, you will find additional clinics, including public health care options, such as the Dennis Avenue Health Center, Briggs Chaney Walk-in Clinic, and Mary’s Center, which might provide both STD and AIDS testing.
Some of these clinics and healthcare facilities may advertise free STD testing, but it’s important to note that these centers may not offer walk-in hours and results may not be immediate.