The rate of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis infections in Georgia is increasing at an alarming rate. According to a new report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of syphilis increased by 6 percent between 2014 and 2015.
Georgia ranks fifth among the 50 states in the number of diagnosed HIV cases, and Woodstock, GA, is among the most affected areas. Cherokee County recorded the highest percentage of the total number of chlamydia cases diagnosed in Georgia in 2011.
In Woodstock, GA, youths aged between 15 and 24 years were the most affected by STIs. Importantly, Gays and bisexual men, still record the highest rates of HIV and syphilis infection.
Cherokee County Health Department STDs program is on the forefront in fighting STIs by providing free, and confidential screening and testing.
Additionally, Woodstock Public Health Department has a program that offers, “brown bag special”; a package with free condoms and STDs information.
To curb the escalating rates of STDs in Woodstock, GA, public health centers promote safe sex practices by educating the members of the public.
For testing and treatment, residents in Woodstock, GA may visit Cherokee County health department clinic located at Main Street in Woodstock and American Family Care Woodstock on Bells Ferry Rd.
Moreover, there are other clinics in Woodstock that offer free STD testing.
However, the limitation of these clinics is that screening and testing process is slow. Importantly, their hours of operation vary, making it hard to determine when to go for testing.