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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.
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Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are also the three most reported STDs in Cabarrus County, in which Concord is the largest city and the county seat. Chlamydia cases in Cabarrus County increased in 2019 and are expected to increase again in 2020. Gonorrhea, which remained the same in 2019, is likely to rise in 2020. Newly diagnosed early syphilis infections are growing at a slower pace but are still rising.
Cabarrus County saw chlamydia cases increase in 2019, which has been par for the course over the last several years. The county documented spikes of over 7% in 2019, about 16% in 2018, nearly 6% in 2017, and more than 13% in 2016. However, according to preliminary data for 2020, the county is projected to record a 4% decrease in chlamydia infections. There’s also a presumptive decrease in chlamydia diagnoses of more than 16% statewide in 2020, but this data may change as case investigation continues and the numbers are finalized.
Gonorrhea infections in Cabarrus County remained the same in 2019 compared to 2018, but case numbers previously have taken huge leaps. Reported gonorrhea diagnoses in 2018 were more than 27% higher than in 2017. While cases in 2017 only increased by about 2%, gonorrhea infections in 2016 jumped nearly 58%. Gonorrhea cases are projected to spike again in 2020 by nearly 20%. However, 2020 numbers statewide predict the possibility of a drop by 2%.
Newly diagnosed early syphilis, which includes early latent, primary, and secondary infections, have been slowly rising in Cabarrus County in recent years. Early syphilis infections increased about 8.5% in 2018 and 8% in 2019. Despite relatively low numbers, the county ranks higher than expected based on its rate of infection. In 2019, Cabarrus ranked 37th among the 94 North Carolina counties listed. The ranking was based on the three-year average rate per 100,000 population for newly diagnosed early syphilis infections within each county. Cabarrus had an average infection rate of 11.8, and early syphilis cases are projected to rise another 11% in 2020.
If you think you might have an STD, it’s critical to get tested before you pass it along to partners unknowingly. Left untreated, an STD can leave you at risk for serious and sometimes life-threatening health issues. Getting tested is the only way to know for certain if you have an STD. Visit one of the many facilities in Cabarrus County and other surrounding communities to take advantage of their free or low-cost STD testing.
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 Concord 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:
Cabarrus Health Alliance offers physical exams, screening, treatment, and referrals for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It also provides counseling, PrEP services, HPV and hepatitis A/B vaccinations, and free condoms. HIV testing and counseling are free. Other STD services have fees, but the clinic offers a sliding fee scale. STD testing and treatment are available by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-in HIV testing is available without an appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
300 Mooresville Road
Kannapolis, NC 28081
Planned Parenthood’s Charlotte Health Center, located 18 miles from Concord, provides you with HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. You can also get HPV vaccines, free condoms, and other STD services. Planned Parenthood works with your budget and provides free interpretation for other languages. It’s open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
700 South Torrence Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
Mecklenburg CHD’s Northwest Clinic offers free testing for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C via a blood draw. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas are screened using urine, rectal, or throat samples. It also provides PrEP referrals and safer sex supplies. All testing is by walk-in with no appointment necessary on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You don’t need ID, and there aren’t any residential requirements. Free language assistance is available. Testing is also available on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Atrium Health NorthPark.
2845 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
RAIN offers confidential HIV/STD testing Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. You can also receive HIV testing on a walk-in basis every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You must provide a blood sample for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C testing. For gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas testing, you must provide urine, throat, or rectal samples. RAIN also provides access to PrEP referrals and supplies for safer sex. All testing services are free for all clients.
601 E. 5th St. Suite 470
Charlotte, NC 28216
Novant Health’s Infectious Disease Specialists provide low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, herpes, and hepatitis B and C testing. You must have an appointment, and there is a fee for services. Novant Health is in-network with over 350 insurance providers nationwide and takes Medicare and Medicaid. It also offers financial assistance if you’re uninsured and will work with you to see if you meet its special financial program requirements. Services are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.
1900 Randolph Road, Suite 216
Charlotte, NC 28207