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The state of Georgia has seen a steady increase in reported incidences of chlamydia. In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 29,359 cases, while – in 2017 – the number of reported cases reached 65,104, over a 100% increase. Fulton County, which is home to the Atlanta Metro region, reported 8,510 cases in 2017, with an infection rate of 817.2 per 100,000 residents. While not the county with the highest infection rate (Liberty County – 1404.2), Fulton County ranked 20th out of Georgia’s 159 counties.
From 2000 to 2014, the reported incidents of gonorrhea slowly declined throughout Georgia, with 13,770 reported cases in 2014. However, since that time, the CDC documents a drastic increase. In 2017, there were 22,667 total reported cases, more than a 60% increase from three years earlier. Fulton County, with a rate of 385.7 per 100,000 residents, had the fourth-highest incident rate among Georgia’s counties.
Before the recent uptick in syphilis outbreaks in Fulton County and across the United States, the disease was nearing extinction in this country. Over the past five years, syphilis incidences have increased substantially, with the CDC recording 1,489 reported cases throughout Georgia in 2017, over 1,000 more than in 2000. Fulton County reported 424 cases, and its rate of 40.7 per 100,000 residents was second highest in the state.
Not all individuals with an STD experience symptoms, and some may only have minor discomfort. However, untreated STDs can lead to serious negative health issues, including problems with fertility and some can potentially lead to death. For sexually active individuals, it is critical to know whether you have an STD. Regular testing is the only way to be sure — even if you think your chances of exposure are slim.
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 Atlanta 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:
Empowerment Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that provides birth control, prevention education, risk reduction, testing, and treatment services for STDs. The ERC Comprehensive Intervention Clinic offers free to low-cost health care services, including a full range of STD screening and treatment, along with mental health therapy, substance abuse treatment, and family planning services. More than 500 patients receive treatment from the center each year.
230 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1800
Atlanta, GA 30303
Someone Cares is a nonprofit organization serving Marietta and Atlanta that works to remove barriers surrounding healthcare services for disadvantaged communities. While much of the grant funding provided to this organization is for LGBTQ+ communities, the clinic does not require patients to answer questions about sexual orientation and serves both heterosexual patients and patients of all backgrounds, races, genders, and nationalities. The walk-in clinic offers STD testing and follow-up care for individuals with a positive result.
236 Forsyth Street, Suite 201 & 204
Atlanta, GA 30303
East Atlanta Health Center, operated by Planned Parenthood, offers a full range of STD testing and treatment for most conditions. For HIV, testing and diagnosis are provided, but treatment is referred to another agency. Safer sex education and STD prevention are also available, including condoms and female condoms. Counseling is offered along with testing, and insurance may be accepted. Book an appointment in advance via the web portal or by phone. For pricing information, contact the facility.
440 Moreland Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
Fulton County Board of Health operates a public health clinic that offers a range of services, including for sexual health. Health checks, immunizations, oral health, and maternal services are just some of the options, in addition to full panel STD testing. Persons interested in STD testing are encouraged to call and register for clinical services. Registration is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. After the completion of testing, results are available over the phone. For Fulton County residents, fees are charged on a sliding scale and may depend on household size and income level.
10 Park Place South S.E., 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
Fulton County Board of Health administers the Family Planning Program, which provides access to birth control, education about STD prevention, and STD screening. The family planning program is available to adult men and women. After a comprehensive exam, men and women can obtain contraceptive options, such as an IUD, Depo-Provera, and other long-acting reversible contraceptive options. Fees depend on income and family size, and Medicaid is accepted at this facility. While the Fulton County Board of Health has several locations, not all offer STD screening, so it’s best to call or check online before visiting.
3700 Martin Luther King Drive S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30331
Multiple Atlanta locations404-613-4215