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Richmond has the 5th Highest overall STD Infection rate in the U.S.
Richmond has one of the nation’s highest rates of people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s a grim reminder that health officials and educators still have much work ahead of them.
“Most people, to this day, believe this will never happen to them,” said Greg Fordham, a MSM (men who have sex with men) coordinator at Access AIDS Care of Norfolk and Hampton. “They think they can have unprotected sex as much as they want.”
“Some folks take [our advice] seriously. Some folks take it more lightly,” said Denise Cooper, the HIV project coordinator for the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. “A part of it, I think, is complacency, because we know people live longer and there are medications out there to treat people with less side effects. We’ve come so far with treatments. People diagnosed with HIV are living 30 years with it now, where back in the early days, you said ‘HIV. They’re contagious. They’re going to die.'”
The most HIV cases are seen in the gay male population, with intravenous drug users in second. The goal of the county health department’s needle exchange program, which was launched last fall as part of its harm reduction program, is to ensure an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C does not happen, as it did in Indiana recently.
Private Testing Center strives to combat the climbing rates of STDs and HIV in the United States by offering convenient, affordable and discreet testing. We have over 2,000 labs across the U.S., including over 10 in and around Richmond, Virginia.
You owe it to yourself to get tested and protect yourself and your loved ones from infection. Don’t leave this part of your life to chance — the only way to know for sure you have an STD or HIV is to get tested. Schedule a test with us today.
We Offer Two Options for Discreet, Affordable STD Testing:
Richmond Area STD Testing Centers
Private Testing Center strives to offer affordable, discreet and convenient testing in an effort to prevent the spread of STDs and HIV.
The CDC estimates there are 20 million new cases of STDs in the U.S. each year, with 50% of those new cases falling on young people ages 15 to 24.
In one study, they examined 1,000 adolescents and found that 1 in 4 of them had at least 1 common STD, and 15% were infected with more then one. Most participants in the study showed no symptoms and didn’t even realize they were infected. Even among people who only had one partner in their lifetimes, 1 in 5 still had an STD — but of those with three or more partners, 50% had an STD.
The good news is that many STDs are curable, and those without a cure are treatable. You owe it to yourself and others to find answers and protect yourself. Private Testing Center has 1500 locations nationwide in one of the largest laboratory networks anywhere in the world. Same day appointments are available with scheduling as soon as 15 minutes after calling. The average lab visit lasts just 15 minutes and some results are available the following day.