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Fayetteville Access Center
Northwest Public Health Unit
Dr Bates Outreach Clinic
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.
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and the seat of Washington County, where all three of the most reported STDs increased in 2018. While chlamydia and gonorrhea rates both rose, Washington County is battling ever-expanding primary and secondary syphilis infections, much like the state overall.
Arkansas ranked 11th nationally by rate compared to other states in 2018, and diagnoses among females were twice as prevalent as males. In 2018, Washington County’s chlamydia infection rate was 633 per 100,000 residents, but its case count only accounted for 8.5% of the state’s total. Compared to 2017, chlamydia cases increased just over 5% countywide in 2018. Cases in 2017 increased by less than 3%, which could indicate a widening upward trend.
Gonorrhea infection rates in 2018 were similar among males and females in Arkansas, and diagnoses were more common among young adults aged 20 to 24, accounting for nearly 32% of the state’s total. Adolescents aged 15 to 19 comprised about 21.5% of the state’s gonorrhea infections, and adults aged 25 to 29 made up 20%. Gonorrhea cases in Washington County comprised nearly 6% of the state’s 2018 total. Washington County’s gonorrhea cases went up about 14.5% in 2018, but the total was more than double the number it had been in 2016, following an 83% spike in 2017.
Primary and secondary syphilis infections in Arkansas were three times higher among men than women in 2018. The most frequent diagnoses in 2018 were almost evenly distributed between adults aged 25 and 29 and young adults aged 20 to 24, with each age group accounting for about 25% of the state’s total. Washington County has been battling P&S syphilis infections and documented numerous ups and downs between 2000 and 2018, but cases reached an all-time high in 2018. While the county only made up about 5% of the state’s total P&S syphilis diagnoses, its case counts in 2018 were more than five times higher than they’d been in 2016. Washington County has recorded an overall increase of 1,500% since the year 2000.
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 Fayetteville 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:
Arkansas DOH’s Northwest Public Health Unit offers chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis testing, treatment, and counseling. All local health departments in Arkansas provide HIV/STD services at no cost to you. Appointments are preferred, but you may walk in, and the clinic will see you if the schedule permits. You can visit Fayetteville’s health department on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3270 Wimberly Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Loving Choices offers free HIV testing and low-cost STD testing for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. Currently, the clinic only offers STD services to females, but women can be of any age. You must have an appointment to receive care. The clinic accepts Medicaid and private insurance plans, but if you’re not insured, it also has a sliding fee scale that you might qualify for based on your household income.
275 South Duncan Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Vector Health and Wellness has low-cost chlamydia, hepatitis B/C, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes screening and treatment. Appointments are required. If you’re a new patient, you must call to schedule your first appointment instead of using the online system. The health center accepts insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. If you’re uninsured, it will help you find a payment solution. Vector Health’s hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.
1267 North Steamboat Drive, Suite 3
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Advanced Health and Wellness offers low-cost STD services by appointment only. You can get PrEP services and chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis testing. The health center accepts commercial insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3729 North Crossover Road
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Dr. Bates Outreach Clinic is part of the Arkansas Department of Health and provides another outlet to receive low-cost STD testing and treatment. Located about 9 miles from Fayetteville, the clinic offers syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes tests, and hepatitis A/B vaccinations. It accepts insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. If you don’t have health care coverage, the clinic also offers a sliding fee scale. Appointments are required on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
614 East Emma Street, Suite 247
Springdale, AR 72746