Lumberton Health Center
Lumberton is the county seat of Robeson County, where STD rates remain relatively high compared to the rest of the state. Robeson ranked 11th out of NC’s 100 counties for new diagnoses of syphilis, and its rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea were also higher than the state as a whole.
Documented cases of chlamydia increased in North Carolina for men and women from 2017 to 2018. In Robeson County, where Lumberton is situated, rates fell slightly from 957.1 per 100,000 people in 2017 to 876.9 in 2018. However, this is still considerably higher than the state’s overall chlamydia rate of 643.0 per 100,000 persons. Chlamydia is typically diagnosed more in women, and North Carolina follows this trend, with 21,184 cases reported among men versus 45,579 cases among women in 2018. There was a sharp increase in chlamydia incidences among men of almost 71% from 2014. However, increased access to testing could be affecting the numbers.
After rising from 2015 to 2017, gonorrhea rates fell from 445.7 per 100,000 persons to 384.6 in 2018. This is still higher than the average rate for the state of 227.2 per 100,000 persons. Men and women report gonorrheal infections equally, with North Carolina showing 11,509 incidences in men and 12,084 in women. In both genders, the age group of 20 to 24 had the highest percentage of documented cases overall, with 27% for men and 32% for women. Blacks/African Americans represented over 47% of those infected with gonorrhea. Studies that look into the relationship between poverty levels, the ability to access care, and gonorrhea rates are ongoing.
Rates of syphilis in North Carolina have remained fairly consistent between 2017 and 2018. Robeson County ranked 11th in the state with cases of newly diagnosed syphilis, with a rate of 25.8 per 100,000 people compared to the state’s average of 18.4. Syphilis distribution tables show much higher rates in men compared to women, with 939 cases of primary and secondary syphilis versus 160, respectively. Overall, men who have sex with men have the highest rates of all syphilis diagnoses — over 50%.
Some STDs can be completely asymptomatic at their onset. Others may cause rashes, abnormal discharge, or itching. Unfortunately, long term exposure to an STD infection can cause serious health problems for men and women. Treatment is easy for many STDs, and the only way to know for sure if you’re infected is with testing. To prevent the continued spread of STDs, sexually active adults should get tested at least once in their life and some more often, depending on their sexual practices. Lumberton offers several area clinics and health centers that provide free or low-cost STD testing.
Lumberton is the county seat of Robeson County, and therefore it’s residents have easy access to the county health department. Open Monday through Friday, during the day, the department provides testing for STDs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and syphilis. Patients can also receive vaccines for hepatitis A and B and be screened for hepatitis C. Appointments are required, and fees are based on the patient’s ability to pay.
460 Country Club Road
Lumberton, NC 28360
CommWell Health is a nonprofit center bringing health care to communities regardless of their resident’s ability to pay. Appointments are required for STD screening, and the center is open Monday through Friday. Available STD tests include HIV (rapid and blood draw), syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis C. Vaccines are also available for hepatitis A and B. The center manages a healthcare program named S.T.Y.L.E., aimed at men having sex with men. The program organizes support groups, helps with HIV management, and sponsors frequent STD testing.
16526 Highway 87 West
Tar Heel, NC 28392
Located in nearby Raeford, NC, the Hoke County Health Department offers various STD services, including screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Conventional blood-draw testing for HIV is also available. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and the office accepts all insurances, including NC Medicaid. Residents must call for an appointment, and service hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
683 East Palmer Road
Raeford, NC 28376
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the Robeson center offers community services at reduced rates. Due to federal funding, fees are based on the patient’s ability to pay. The center provides STD screening for common infections, including but not limited to gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. Testing for hepatitis C and vaccines for hepatitis B and HPV are also available. Center hours are Monday through Friday, and appointments are required.
307 East Wardell Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372
Residents who live east of Lumberton can choose to visit the Goshen Medical Center in nearby Garland. The center has a broader range of open hours than most clinics, opening at 7:30 a.m. and closing at 6:30 p.m. — Monday through Thursday. Appointments are required, so patients need to call ahead. Testing services include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes. Additionally, the center offers two HIV testing options, conventional blood draw and rapid-results. Federal funding allows the center to charge fees based on a sliding scale.
105 South Lisbon Avenue
Garland, NC 28441