Tim and Carolyn Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Greensboro Health Center
The county’s 2019 Sexually Transmitted Infections Data Brief notes that STDs with the highest reporting rates in 2018 were chlamydia, gonorrhea, and nongonococcal urethritis (NGU), in that order. All three saw an increase in reported infections year over year.
In general, North Carolina reported a high rate of chlamydia in 2018 compared to other states. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put North Carolina as 6th in the country for rates of chlamydia during that year. Guilford County reported 5,162 cases of chlamydia in 2018. That’s much higher than the average for many other counties in the state, though this is partly due to Guilford’s high relative population. There was a small drop in cases of chlamydia reported between 2015 and 2016. However, every other year between 2014 and 2018, the rate of reported chlamydia cases in the county increased. African Americans make up approximately 63% of reported chlamydia patients in the county, and most cases are diagnosed in people aged 15 to 24.
North Carolina lands at number nine for rates of gonorrhea in 2019. While Guilford County reported less than half the cases of gonorrhea as it did chlamydia in 2018, it’s still higher than many other counties in the number of cases. There were 1,965 cases of gonorrhea reported in the county in 2018 — an increase over 2017 numbers. Around 75% of reported gonorrhea patients are African American, with the majority of cases reported by people aged 15 to 29.
Neither the CDC nor the Guilford County Department of Health breaks out cases of nongonococcal urethritis by various demographics. Guildford County does, however, provide a historical look at numbers. In 2014, there were 133 cases of NGU reported. That went up to 247 in 2015, down to 190 in 2016, and down to 146 in 2017. However, it jumped back up to 276 in 2018. Nongonococcal urethritis is an infection of the urethra tube, the pathway that urine follows as it exits the bladder. As its name implies, it is not caused by gonorrhea but by any of several other infectious organisms. Usually, nongonococcal urethritis is easily treated by antibiotics.
People who are sexually active can take precautions to protect themselves against STDs. That includes practicing safe sex, but prevention measures such as condoms aren’t 100% effective. Therefore, regular STD testing is critical to safeguarding your health and the health of your sexual partners. STDs can cause serious health issues, and the risk of organ damage grows the later a diagnosis comes. Testing ensures you get a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment as early as possible. You can find free or low-cost STD testing clinics throughout Greensboro, NC.
The county’s health department offers STD/STI screening for adolescents and adults. Services are either free or billed on a sliding scale, and some insurances are accepted. The department tests for chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis. With the exception of holidays, the department is open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
1100 Wendover Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27405
The Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency has an office in Greensboro, as well as High Point. The clinics offer free STD checks to the public that include syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis C, and HIV testing. You can also get assessed for diabetes, high blood pressure, and sickle cell disease. Screenings are done in the Greensboro office on Thursdays and in High Point on Wednesday. You do need an appointment for service, so contact the clinic before you show up.
1102 East Market Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
The NIA Community Action Center is a non-profit agency providing free or low-cost HIV and STI tests to people within the community. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The center also hosts testing clinics throughout the year, and you can follow it on Facebook to stay up-to-date with events.
Self Help Building
122 North Elm Street, Suite 1000
Greensboro, NC 27401
The Triad Health Project offers free services, including testing for HIV and some forms of hepatitis. The agency has offices in Greensboro and High Point, which screen for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and other sexually-transmitted infections. You don’t need an appointment as long as you arrive at one of the clinics during open drop-in hours. Hours may not always be posted on the organization’s website, so call the clinic for more details if necessary.
801 Summit Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27405
This center, operated by Planned Parenthood, provides STD testing. Services are provided free or on a sliding scale, and various insurance policies are accepted. Some of the diseases screened for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, and syphilis. The clinic is open at different hours each day of the week and closed on some days, so check the website or contact the clinic before visiting.
1704 Battleground Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27408