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Loudoun County Health Department
Leesburg, VA, which lies 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., is located in Loudoun County and included in Virginia’s Loudoun Health District and the state’s Northern Region for reporting. The area has seen gradual rises in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis since 2014, with a recent drop in early syphilis diagnoses in 2018.
Yearly increases of chlamydia diagnoses have resulted in Loudoun County’s rate of 235.9 per 100,000 persons. Although much higher than the beginning rate of 164.4 in 2014, the county resides near the bottom of Virginia’s ranking by health district. Of the 8,693 chlamydia diagnoses in Virginia’s Northern Region, 5,279 were reported in females, over 60%. Adults aged 20-24 have the most likelihood of contracting chlamydia, with those in the 15-19 and 25-29 age groups also at risk.
Loudoun County has shown a slow but gradual rise in gonorrhea cases since 2014, starting with a rate of 16.3 per 100,000 persons and ending with 30.04, an 84% increase. However, this is significantly lower than other counties, notably Petersburg County, at 696.1. Across the state, the disease affects males slightly more than females, and gonorrhea infections are concentrated in those aged 20 to 24. The Northern Region shows a large discrepancy between males and females, with males reporting over 70% of the region’s 1,536 diagnoses.
Early syphilis diagnoses fell slightly in Loudon County for the first time since 2014, dropping from a rate of 7.5 per 100,000 persons in 2017 to 6.5 in 2018, much lower than the state’s 2018 overall rate of 15.6. In all areas of the state, early syphilis diagnoses occur overwhelmingly in men, with the Northern Region reporting 324 males versus 18 females and two transgenders. Twenty- to forty-year-old adults are most affected by the disease, accounting for 212 of the Northern Region’s 344 diagnoses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all sexually active women and gay and bisexual men should receive screening for STDs annually and even more frequently, dependent upon lifestyle choices. Most STDs are easily treatable, but they can remain undetected within the body and, over the years, cause serious health complications. Fortunately, residents of Leesburg, VA, can obtain free or low-cost STD testing through various local clinics and health centers.
The Health Department supports several clinics in Loudoun, including the Leesburg Health Clinic. The clinic offers HIV testing, STD screenings and treatment, pregnancy support, and vaccines. All visits for sexual health are confidential and financial assistance is available. Patients can call to enquire about hours and set up an appointment. The Health Department’s website has registration forms that can be completed in advance.
102 Heritage Way NE, Suites 100 & 101
Leesburg, VA 20176
Residents of Leesburg who require urgent care, including STD testing and treatment, can visit LMG Cornwall. Pre-employment physical examinations and drug screening are also available. No appointment is necessary, and the clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most insurances are accepted; however, the clinic also has a self-pay option for those without insurance, letting patients set up a monthly payment plan.
211 Gibson Street NW, Suite 215
Leesburg, VA 20174
Focusing on the needs of the Latino community in and around Washington D.C., La Clinica provides sexual health services through its community action outreach programs. In addition to education and prevention, these programs promote STD screenings and distribute condoms. The center also has a full medical health services department, providing prenatal care and chronic disease management. If patients are eligible, the center helps them apply for insurance. La Clinica is open Monday through Friday during the day.
2831 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Located just north of the nation’s capital, Petworth Health Center offers free STD testing and treatment for adolescents aged 12-21 and adults. Many tests have same-day results. In addition, the center manages a WIC nutrition program and provides behavioral health care and dental services. While appointments are not required, the staff asks that patients call ahead of time before dropping in. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mary’s Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans, and public assistance is available for those without insurance.
3912 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
Organized initially to help individuals living with AIDS, Us Helping Us has expanded to provide various medical and nonmedical services, and the agency operates a mobile unit. Testing, treatment, and counseling for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis C are available. As part of its AIDS health services, the nonprofit organization provides PrEP treatment and education to those with an increased risk for HIV exposure. Situated approximately 30 miles away from Leesburg, VA, the Washington, D.C., clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
3636 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20010