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Testing for STDs at home is safe, convenient, and private. Performed regularly, it can help you stay healthy and avoid unknowingly transmitting STDs.
You have many options for at-home STD testing. The best at-home STD tests are FDA approved and evaluated for safety and accuracy with fast result turnaround times and support from health care professionals.
At-home STD testing kits should include instructions for collection and test registration, along with materials such as containers and swabs to collect and send your sample to the lab. Most at-home STD tests offer results in about five days through a secure online patient portal.
Rome is the largest city in and the county seat of Floyd County. Of the three most reported STDs in Floyd County, chlamydia cases hit an all-time high, gonorrhea diagnoses saw another spike, and syphilis infections dropped for the second straight year in 2019.
After a drop in chlamydia diagnoses of nearly 4% in 2018, Floyd County saw cases climb again in 2019 by over 4.5%, putting the county’s numbers higher than they’d ever been. Chlamydia diagnoses among women were once again twice as prevalent as they were among men, but infections in the male population increased faster. Until 2017, female cases were 2.5 times higher than male cases. While chlamydia infections in women decreased about 3% between 2015 and 2019, incidences in men went up by nearly 22%. However, chlamydia diagnoses in women still accounted for nearly 67% of the county’s total in 2019.
Over the past three years, gonorrhea infections in Floyd County saw significant ups and downs. It began with a 56% spike in gonorrhea cases in 2017, followed by a drop of nearly 35% in 2018, and ended with a steep rise of 38.5% in 2019. During this period, cases among men and women were relatively even. The age group with the highest incidence of infection in 2019 was split between two groups. While the 20 to 24 age group accounted for just over 23% of the county’s total cases, the 25 to 29 age group had just under 23%. This wasn’t the case in 2018 when young adults aged 20 to 24 comprised more than 33.5% of all diagnoses in Floyd County, while adults aged 25 to 29 accounted for about 18%.
Although Floyd County saw syphilis cases decrease two years running, primary syphilis infections nearly doubled between 2018 and 2019, secondary syphilis diagnoses dropped more than 83%, and early latent cases remained the same. Syphilis diagnoses among men remained much higher than those among women, with male cases accounting for nearly 89% of the county’s total in 2019. Because case counts were so low within individual age groups, some data was suppressed, making it impossible to pinpoint the group with the greatest number of syphilis infections.
When you have an STD that goes undiagnosed, you risk spreading it to others. Also, untreated STDs put you at risk for serious health consequences, such as blindness, organ damage, and even death. Prevention and early detection are important in controlling the spread of STDs and protecting your health. Get tested at one of the free or low-cost STD testing resources in Rome and other nearby communities.
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 Rome 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:
GDPH’s Floyd County Health Department provides chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HIV, genital warts, and trichomoniasis testing. There’s a low-cost fee for STD services, but you may qualify for a sliding fee scale and won’t be denied service if you can’t pay. It accepts some private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. Antibiotic treatments for certain STDs are included in the fee. The STD clinic is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
16 East 12th Street
Rome, GA 30161
Primary Healthcare Centers’ Cedartown Health Clinic, located about 18 miles from Rome, serves patients from anywhere, regardless of their address, and with or without insurance. You may qualify for a sliding fee scale, or you can use private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. The clinic requires appointments and operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During your appointment, you can request low-cost chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, or syphilis testing, and a hepatitis A and B vaccine.
118 East Girard Avenue
Cedartown, GA 30125
GHMS’ Bartow Family Health Center, situated about 25 miles away in Cartersville, offers low-cost chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, and gonorrhea testing. It also provides STD/HIV counseling and has an in-house laboratory and pharmacy. The center offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify and accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. It provides help in any language, with interpretation services on-site when needed. The center’s hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.
775 West Avenue, Suite A
Cartersville, GA 30120
Planned Parenthood’s Cobb Center of Marietta, about 40 miles away, provides confidential HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes testing and treatment, among others. It also offers HPV vaccines and free condoms. STD services are performed on a walk-in basis during all business hours, which are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center makes every effort to fit you in the same day and has financial assistance available.
220 Cobb Parkway North, Suite 500
Marietta, GA 30062
CDPH’s Acworth-Kennesaw Public Health Center, about 42 miles away in Kennesaw, offers affordable syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, and HIV testing. Although the clinic can’t provide free STD services, it does have a sliding fee scale based on your income and family size. The clinic accepts walk-ins, but appointments are preferred. The number of walk-ins and same-day appointments the clinic can take depends on the availability of clinic staff and patient load. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3810 Old 41 Highway NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
770-974-3330 or 770-514-2300