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East Albany Medical Center
Rural Model Clinic
Southwest Public Health District
Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Albany is the seat for Dougherty County in southwestern Georgia, where chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis top the list of most common STDs. In Dougherty, chlamydia diagnoses increased for the second year in a row after a slight drop in 2017. Gonorrhea saw a small dip in cases in 2019 compared to 2018, and syphilis incidences have experienced several ups and downs in recent years but remain concerning.
Dougherty County has recently seen relatively small jumps in chlamydia cases, including a rise of less than 2% between 2018 and 2019 and an increase of about 4.5% between 2017 and 2018. However, over five years, these increases have added up to a 24.6% rise in chlamydia diagnoses. Cases among women have traditionally been more than two and half times higher than those among men, but male infection rates are increasing faster. Between 2015 and 2019, incidences among men increased by nearly 28%, while those among women rose 23.5%. Chlamydia infections in Dougherty County were highest among adolescents aged 15 to 19 for both sexes, accounting for about 40% of all cases, followed closely by young adults aged 20 to 24, who represented about 37% of all diagnoses.
Dougherty County had just over 300 gonorrhea cases in 2019, resulting in fewer infections than chlamydia, but gonorrhea cases are spiking. Between 2015 and 2019, the County saw a 50.5% climb in gonorrhea diagnoses, about double the increase in chlamydia infections. However, there were still three times as many chlamydia cases reported in 2019 compared to gonorrhea. Many areas in the nation have more gonorrhea infections in men than women, but the opposite is true in Dougherty County. In 2019, incidences among women accounted for slightly over 60% of all gonorrhea cases, compared to less than 40% among men. Cases are rising much quicker among women, with a 73% rise over five years compared to a 41% increase among men during the same period.
Primary and secondary syphilis cases among men were more than double those among women in Dougherty County. Of the 29 cases reported in 2019, more than 72% were diagnosed in men, compared to about 27.5% among women. The County has seen an 11.5% increase in primary and secondary syphilis infections over the past five years. In comparison, early latent syphilis diagnoses dropped 52% during this same period, which could signal a potential decline in overall syphilis cases.
Getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Untreated STDs can cause serious health problems, including organ damage, fertility issues, and even death. Albany has numerous clinics and health centers that offer low-cost STD testing so you can learn your STD status and receive any treatment you might need to regain your health.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Albany that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
The Southwest Public Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health offers low-cost testing and treatment for common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. Staff members provide free HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, referral services, and run an AIDS Drug Assistance Program. You can get HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. The clinic accepts insurance and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with appointments required.
1710 South Slappey Boulevard
Albany, GA 31706
Albany Area Primary Health Care serves the residents of southwest Georgia at several clinics, including the East Albany Medical Center. It provides low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV testing. AAPHC accepts most major insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. It offers a sliding fee program if you have low-income or are uninsured, with costs based on your income and household size. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with appointments required.
1712-A East Broad Avenue
Albany, GA 31703
As AAPHC’s HIV/AIDS specialty clinic, the Rural Clinic provides medical care for HIV/AIDS infections. It offers HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis testing, and hepatitis A and B vaccines. The Rural Clinic accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. It offers a sliding fee scale and won’t deny you medical care due to an inability to pay. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Appointments are required, and you must enroll as a patient to be seen.
2202 East Oglethorpe Boulevard
Albany, GA 31705
Albany OB-GYN is devoted to obstetrics and gynecology and only sees female patients. Besides standard health care for women, it offers safe, confidential STD testing and treatment. Albany OB-GYN accepts most major insurance providers and Medicare. You must either call the office for an appointment or use the secure patient portal to schedule your appointment online. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1001 North Monroe Street
Albany, GA 31707
MedPro Connect provides discreet, confidential HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C testing. A professional risk assessment counselor helps you determine which tests are appropriate based on your symptoms, sexual activity, and potential exposure. Most results take one to three business days, but some are available in 24 hours. No appointment is necessary with the clinic’s same-day testing services. Test fees are $24 to $99, with 10-test panels costing $139. The Albany location is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
507 West 3rd Avenue, Suite 6B
Albany, GA 31701
QuickFix Family Convenient Care is the urgent care center for Southern Spine & Health. It offers convenient, cost-effective care, including STD testing with blood and urine lab work. New patients and walk-ins are always welcome, or you can schedule an appointment by calling during clinic hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2601 Stuart Avenue, #100
Albany, GA 31707