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HIV/AIDS Awareness Ministry
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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.
Bowie is located in Prince George’s County, which borders Washington, D.C. Like the rest of Maryland, the city has been combatting steadily increasing STD diagnoses. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the three most reported STDs in Prince George’s County, and case counts for all three have increased for the last three years in a row.
Chlamydia cases in Prince George’s County rose nearly 9% in 2018, resulting in the county being ranked 38th nationwide compared to other counties and independent cities. Over the past 10 years, Prince George’s County has seen chlamydia diagnoses drop in three different years, but every decline was small compared to the increases in each of the remaining years. The largest decrease, which was shy of 1%, was recorded in 2012, while the biggest uptick was over 12% in 2010, followed by another increase of nearly 10% in 2016. Overall, the county has seen chlamydia diagnoses increase by more than 53% since 2009.
Prince George’s County had about a 1% increase in gonorrhea cases in 2018. As with chlamydia diagnoses, the number of gonorrhea infections has gone up and down over the past decade. However, due to a couple of relatively significant decreases followed by a surge of nearly 43% in 2016, gonorrhea cases in the county were higher five years ago compared to 10 years ago. Since 2009, gonorrhea incidences rose about 41%, but between 2014 and 2018, cases increased by more than 58%. Prince George’s County had the second-highest number of reported gonorrhea cases statewide in 2018.
Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses in Prince George’s County were up about 7% in 2018 and have risen nearly 38% since 2014, but case numbers have more than doubled since 2009. The county had the second-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis and early latent syphilis infections in 2018, after Baltimore City. It ranked 53rd in the nation among counties and independent cities for its number of primary and secondary syphilis cases. On a positive note, there were half as many congenital syphilis infections in Prince George’s County in 2018 compared to 10 years ago. However, the number of cases reported still represented a 300% increase compared to the single case recorded just two years ago.
STDs don’t just go away without treatment, and long-term exposure can lead to serious health problems. The key to preventing permanent damage to your body is early detection followed by prompt treatment. Several health care facilities in and around Bowie and Prince George’s County provide free or low-cost STD testing so you can find out your STD status and take steps to remain clean.
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 in Bowie 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:
PGCHD’s Cheverly Health Center offers free HIV and low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, and syphilis testing to anyone aged 13 years and older without parental consent. It provides STD treatment and hepatitis A and B vaccines. All services are confidential and sliding scale fees are available if you qualify. The clinic accepts Medicaid and Medicare. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3003 Hospital Drive, Suite 3048
Cheverly, MD 20785
Planned Parenthood offers low-cost HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis testing and treatment. It supplies regular and internal condoms and dental dams and administers HPV vaccines. Services are provided in English and Spanish by appointment or walk-in if time allows. It accepts Medicaid and has a sliding scale if you qualify for assistance. Clinic hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
5001 Silver Hill Road, Suite #103
Suitland, MD 20746
Located six miles away in Lanham, the Happy Family Care and Clinic offers screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis and performs conventional and rapid HIV testing. Services are fee-based, but it accepts private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. You may qualify for low-cost services based on its sliding scale fee schedule. The clinic operates Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9470 Annapolis Road, Suite 311
Lanham, MD 20706
The Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Clinic provides free, confidential STD testing to women only. Services include testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infections. The clinic will test for herpes if you have active lesions. If you’re diagnosed with an STD, Bowie Crofton may prescribe treatment or refer you to someone who can.
4341 Northview Drive
Bowie, MD 20716
Us Helping Us, in nearby Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization offering free rapid HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis C testing. Its health care providers supply treatment if you’re diagnosed with an STD and will work with you to help ensure you don’t become infected again. Us Helping Us provides PrEP education and PrEP services if you’re uninsured. You can contact one of its Community Health Workers for other assistance. Services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3636 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20010
Heart to Hand offers free at-home test kits for HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. You can also receive free rapid HIV testing on-site. If you’re uninsured, you can purchase chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and trichomoniasis testing and any necessary treatment for $80 total. Heart to Hand provides STD treatment even if you weren’t tested there. STD testing is performed by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and walk-in HIV testing is available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 400
Largo, MD 20774
CCI Health and Wellness Services’ Greenway location provides low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, herpes, and HIV testing. It offers HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines, PrEP if you’re uninsured, and comprehensive STD education and treatment programs. CCI accepts commercial insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. If you’re uninsured, you may be eligible for its sliding scale discount. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but it closes daily for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
7474 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 300
Greenbelt, MD 20770