Primary Care at the Pythian
South Broad Community Health Center
St Bernard Community Health Center
Belle Chasse Community Health Center
Health and Wellness Center
Family Care Services Center
St Cecilia Center
Gentilly Health Center
Gentilly Health Center
Algiers Health Center
Office of Public Health
Jefferson Parish Health Unit
Plaquemines Parish Health Department
Department of Infectious Diseases
New Orleans Health Center
Gretna Health Center
Mahalia Jackson Clinic
Donald T Erwin Center
Columbia Parc Clinic
Drop-in Clinic at Covenant House
Infectious Disease Services
From 2016 to 2018, the number of chlamydia diagnoses and diagnosis rates increased in all Louisiana parishes, including New Orleans, while the proportion of gonorrhea diagnoses remained stable in all parishes. The greatest jump of all three major reportable STDs occurred in primary and secondary syphilis cases, which saw an 18% increase in the Orleans Parish between 2017 and 2018, according to the Louisiana STD update.
Region 1 of Louisiana, which includes New Orleans, reported 8,599 chlamydia cases in 2018, which accounted for 24% of the total cases statewide. Of these, 65% were among women, and 35% were among men, according to the Louisiana 2018 STD update. New Orleans had the highest portion of chlamydia cases in Region 1. With 4,953 chlamydia infections in 2018, New Orleans accounted for 58% of the cases within the region. Although the number of chlamydia diagnoses and diagnosis rates between 2016 and 2018 increased in all parishes, New Orleans had the greatest proportion of both.
Louisiana ranked fifth in the nation for gonorrhea, with 12,043 cases resulting in 257.1 infections per 100,000 people. This number was up from 12,017 in 2017, which accounted for a minimal 1% increase. New Orleans actually saw a drop, with 2,105 gonorrhea cases in 2018 down from 2,112 in 2017. Despite this decrease, New Orleans still had the highest number of cases in Region 1, with 67% of the region’s 3,124 cases within Orleans Parish. Men accounted for a higher portion of gonorrhea cases in Region 1, with 62% of infections among the male population and 38% among women.
Syphilis infections saw a decrease overall in Louisiana, with 2,747 cases involving all stages of syphilis in 2018 down from 2,856 in 2017, and 669 cases of primary and secondary syphilis down from 679. While this only accounted for a 1% drop, it was the third year in a row in which the state saw a decline. Region 1 had the highest number of cases, with 210 primary and secondary syphilis infections accounting for 31% of the state’s total. Of these, 154 cases were attributed to New Orleans, making up 73% of the region’s total. Despite the state’s slight decline, diagnoses in New Orleans jumped 18% between 2017 and 2018, after a drop between 2016 and 2017.
Louisiana has worked hard to implement innovative ways to improve the STD problem in the state, but the number of STDs continues to burden the state, and New Orleans in particular. Many more cases may go unreported because people aren’t getting tested. Although you may have few or no symptoms, it doesn’t mean you don’t have an STD. It’s important to get screened to avoid long-term health risks. The only way to know for sure whether you have chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis is to get tested.
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 New Orleans 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 Delgado Personal Health Clinic is part of the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health. It offers chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV testing during regular clinic hours, which are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. It also offers prevention services, including HIV test counseling and STD, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis prevention education. Other services available include family planning, adult hepatitis A and B vaccines, and STD treatment. Spanish interpretation is available. There are fees for services, but these are figured on a sliding scale, and the clinic accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance.
517 North Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
The Movement offers free STD and HIV testing during its weekly testing hours, or by appointment. Rapid test options for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis C, with same-day results, are available to the general public. However, chlamydia and gonorrhea tests are only available to gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Results for these tests are available within 10 to 14 days. Contact the Wellness Center for walk-in testing times or testing appointment availability. The Movement also provides free HIV testing in a nonclinical setting at several locations around New Orleans through its Outreach Venue Testing program.
1631 Elysian Fields Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
Planned Parenthood offers counseling and confidential STD testing at the New Orleans Health Center. Services include testing, diagnosis, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis, and testing and diagnosis only for HIV. It also provides various STD prevention services, including condoms, internal condoms, STD and safer sex education, HPV vaccines, and PrEP. Services are available by appointment only. Payment must be at the time of service unless other arrangements were previously made. The center accepts Take Charge Plus and regular Medicaid, plus some insurance covers STD testing. Uninsured individuals may be eligible for financial assistance.
4636 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
Woman’s New Life Clinic offers screening, diagnosis, and treatment of STDs and STD prevention education. Patients and their health care providers decide which type of testing is needed, based on risk factors and symptoms. Collection of blood, urine, and/or cervical/vaginal secretions may be required, depending on the tests being performed. All specimens are sent to the lab for testing, with a time frame provided for expected results. Patients may be asked to return to the office once results have been received and reviewed by their health care provider to receive counseling and/or treatment. Individuals must call 504-496-0214 to schedule an appointment.
4612 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
CrescentCare, in partnership with LSU Health, operates the Sexual Health Center to provide same-day STD testing and treatment. The clinic is located on the 5th floor of the CrescentCare Health and Wellness Center, with walk-ins welcome and appointments available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. It offers rapid HIV and syphilis testing that’s confidential and anonymous, and most required medications are provided on-site. The center provides testing and treatment to all, even those without insurance, and will even help individuals find an insurance plan that’s right for them.
3308 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119