Fifth Street Health Center
Community and Clinical Health Services
The three most prevalent STDs in Washoe County, which includes Reno, are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. There were increased cases recorded for all three STDs between 2017 and 2018, which included a 9.1% increase in chlamydia cases, a 23.9% increase in gonorrhea cases, and a 94.7% increase in primary and secondary syphilis across the county.
Chlamydia infection was the most commonly reported STD in Washoe County. According to the county’s 2019 communicable disease summary, which contained 2018’s final numbers, the county has seen a steady increase in chlamydia cases since 1996. Washoe County had a total of 2,729 chlamydia cases, which accounted for 15.6% of Nevada’s 17,508 cases in 2018. Of Washoe’s total cases, 62.7% were reported in individuals between the ages of 15 and 24. Men accounted for 1,037 cases (16.3% of the state’s total), and 1,671 were among women (15.1% of the state’s total). Keeping in line with the noted rise of chlamydia cases in the county, Washoe saw a 9.1% increase in cases over 2017, which had 2,502 for the year.
In Washoe County, 918 laboratory-confirmed cases of gonorrhea were recorded in 2018 for an incidence rate of 201.3 cases per 100,000 people. This was the highest recorded incidence of gonorrhea over the past 20 years and accounted for 14.2% of the state’s 6,475 cases. Washoe’s 2018 cases were 25.6% higher than those in 2017, with increases in both men and women. The statewide increase in cases among women were double those of men, with 534 male cases confirmed (13.4% of the state’s total) versus 379 female cases confirmed (15.3% of the state’s total). Statewide cases among men rose 12.6% compared to the 2017 numbers, while cases among women rose 25.6%.
Nevada ranked first in the country for rates of primary and secondary syphilis, with 682 cases in 2018. Of these, 111 were in Washoe County, which represented 16.3% of the state’s total. These included 60 cases of primary syphilis and 51 cases of secondary syphilis, with 80.2% of these cases among the male population. There were 22 female infections for an incidence rate of 9.2 per 100,000 people and 89 male infections for an incidence rate of 40 per 100,000 people. Compared to the 57 reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis in 2017, the 2018 numbers nearly doubled, with a 94.7% increase overall.
STD rates in Washoe County continue to follow the national trend of significant increases each year, and many more cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis may go unreported because individuals fail to get tested and diagnosed. It’s possible to have no symptoms from an STD or have symptoms so mild, you don’t realize you have one. Even when STDs are asymptomatic, you can still spread it to others and are at risk of long-term health issues. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure that you have an STD.
The Washoe County Health District’s sexual health program offers screening, testing, and counseling for STDs, including HIV, for those in a high-risk category. It also provides treatment and education about how to prevent HIV and STDs. Besides testing at its clinic, the program supplies free, confidential chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and rapid HIV testing throughout the community. HIV results are available in 20 minutes, and all others are available one week after testing is completed. Testing locations, dates, and times vary, so interested individuals should call 775-328-6147 for current information.
1001 East 9th Street, Building B
Reno, NV 89512
Planned Parenthood operates out of the Fifth Street Health Center. City residents can receive testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis, herpes, trichomoniasis, and genital warts, and testing only for HIV. It also provides STD prevention services, including condoms, dental dams, HPV and hepatitis vaccines, and STD and safer sex education. Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On-site Spanish interpretation and phone interpretation for other languages are available with advanced notice. The center accepts insurance, Nevada State Medicaid, and Health Plan of Nevada.
455 West 5th Street
Reno, NV 89503
Northern Nevada HOPES is a nonprofit community health center in downtown Reno that provides free, confidential HIV and hepatitis C testing, as part of its Change Point program. Testing involves a finger stick test that looks for antibodies in the blood and supplies results in 15 to 20 minutes. It also offers safer sex kits. Clinic hours for this program are Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with services open to the public. HOPES performs chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing by appointment only (call 775-997-7519). Fees are covered by Medicaid or the HOPES sliding fee scale.
580 West 5th Street
Reno, NV 89503
The Carson City Community Health Clinic has an income-based fee schedule to ensure no one is turned away from receiving services. It offers private testing and treatment for STDs, with rapid HIV testing results in less than 15 minutes and all other test results available within a few days. It also provides safe-sex kits and a nonjudgmental place to receive answers to sexual health questions. It schedules same- and next-day appointments during clinic hours from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Appointments are also taken one Saturday each month.
900 East Long Street
Carson City, NV 89706
Nevada Health Centers is a nonprofit organization and the largest provider of primary care for uninsured and underinsured individuals, plus geographically isolated people, throughout the state. It operates 18 health and seven women, infants, and children’s offices, as well as three mobile health programs. NHC offers STD testing at its Sierra Nevada Health Center, as part of its women’s health services. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome, with clinic hours from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed noon to 1:00 p.m.). It accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurance and offers a sliding fee scale for uninsured individuals.
3325 Research Way
Carson City, NV 89706
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