Danville City Health Department
Danville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia and part of the Pittsylvania/Danville Health District in the southwest region of the state. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the three most documented STDs in Danville, but while chlamydia diagnoses increased in 2019, gonorrhea and syphilis cases dropped significantly.
The southwest region of Virginia saw a jump of more than 11% in chlamydia cases in 2019, and infections among women were twice as prevalent as those among men. Within the southwest region, the Pittsylvania/Danville Health District had the second-lowest incidence of chlamydia compared to other districts. The District accounted for about 11.5% of the region’s total, but Danville recorded more than 62.5% of the chlamydia diagnoses. Danville has documented several ups and downs in chlamydia cases, including a 14% increase in 2019.
Virginia’s southwest region accounted for about 12% of the state’s total gonorrhea diagnoses in 2019. An unusual aspect of the region’s documented cases was that incidences among women were higher than those among men, while the opposite was true in every other region and the state overall. The Pittsylvania/Danville Health District represented about 9% of the region’s gonorrhea infections in 2019, and diagnoses in Danville comprised nearly half of the District’s total, despite a 46% drop in reported cases in 2019.
In Virginia, new early syphilis diagnoses include all early non-primary/secondary, primary, and secondary stages. Reports of early syphilis infections dropped by about 4% statewide in 2019, and the southwest region had the lowest case counts, making up about 4% of the state’s total. Cases among men were significantly higher than those among women, with males accounting for more than 86.5% statewide and over 82.5% in the southwest region. The Pittsylvania/Danville District saw a remarkable 75% drop in new syphilis infections in 2019, while Danville recorded a decrease of more than 81%.
STD testing and any necessary treatment can protect you from potentially serious long-term health problems, such as fertility issues and organ damage, and stops the spread. Danville has some low-cost or free STD testing resources, and you’ll find others in nearby cities, so you can learn your STD status and get peace of mind.
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 Danville 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 Virginia Department of Health’s Pittsylvania/Danville Health District offers HIV and STD screening through its communicable disease control program. You can take advantage of free examinations and treatment during its weekly STD clinics, which include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and conventional blood HIV testing. Most of its services are provided on a sliding scale based on your income, but STD services are free. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
326 Taylor Drive
Danville, VA 24541
The Centra Danville Medical Center tests for and treats STDs seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., as part of its walk-in urgent care services. Standard health care rates apply, but the clinic works with most commercial insurance plans.
414 Park Avenue
Danville, VA 24541
Community Access Network’s Fifth Street Community Health Center in Lynchburg provides diagnosis, treatment, and support for a wide range of STDs, including HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C. If you suspect you have an STD, its providers understand the signs and symptoms caused by these infections. All testing is free of charge, and you can request a same-day appointment or just walk-in. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
800 Fifth Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Planned Parenthood operates the Roanoke Health Center and provides HIV testing and genital warts, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, herpes, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. STD prevention services include condoms, hepatitis B and HPV vaccines, and STD/safer sex education. Services are provided in English or Spanish, with free interpretation available for other languages. Appointments are required during clinic hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2207 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24017
The Council’s Drop-In Center provides education, resources, and services in the prevention/care of HIV/STDs and hepatitis C. You can receive free, confidential finger-stick HIV testing and HCV screening with results in about 20 minutes. If you test positive, the Center helps you find medical treatment. It currently doesn’t offer any other STD testing but does offer free condoms and barriers for pick up during regular business hours. Appointments are required for services. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
356 Campbell Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016