Flagstaff Health Center
Sedona spreads across the boundaries of Coconino and Yavapai counties, with chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis the three most reported STDs in both. High infection rates in Coconino ranked this county near the top of the list for all three STDs compared to other Arizona counties in 2018. However, low infection rates put Yavapai County at or near the bottom. Flagstaff, a larger urban area located in Coconino, may account for some of the difference.
Arizona continued to have slightly higher occurrences of chlamydia compared to the national rate in 2018, with women consistently having higher rates than men statewide. In 2018, the frequency of chlamydia infections in Coconino County was 728 per 100,000 residents, much higher than the state rate of 578. Coconino had the second-highest infection rate of all 15 Arizona counties, while Yavapai County had the lowest with its rate of 215. Young adults aged 20 to 24 had the highest incidence of chlamydia infections in 2017. In Coconino County, this age group had over 400 cases or nearly 41% of the total, and in Yavapai County, this age group accounted for just under 200 cases or about 37% of the total.
In 2018, Arizona’s gonorrhea infection rates slightly surpassed the rate of occurrence for the United States as a whole. Men had higher rates of infection than women throughout the state. Coconino County remained in sixth place among Arizona counties in 2018 with its gonorrhea infection rate per 100,000 people, which had dropped slightly compared to 2017. Yavapai County ranked last in 2018 and 2017 with the same rate of 31. In 2017, adults aged 25 to 29 represented the group with the highest number of gonorrhea cases — almost 30% of the cases reported in Coconino County and about 27% of those reported in Yavapai County.
In 2018, Arizona had a higher rate of new syphilis cases, including primary, secondary, and early syphilis, than the United States’ nationwide rate. The state also had more than double the rate of congenital syphilis with 76 per 100,000 live births compared to 33 nationwide. Statewide, syphilis rates are higher in men than women. In 2018, Coconino County ranked fifth, up from sixth place in 2017, for number of syphilis cases per 100,000 residents. Yavapai ranked last with its rate of three, which was down from second place in 2017.
STDs don’t always have symptoms. Left undetected and untreated, they could cause you to experience serious health conditions like infertility, increased cancer risk, damaged organs, and even death. Getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Take advantage of one of the several low-cost STD testing resources in Coconino and Yavapai counties to ensure you’re free of infection.
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 Sedona 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:
You can receive confidential HIV testing and screening and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis at the CHCY’s Cottonwood location, about 20 miles from Sedona. The center also offers HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines and male and female condoms. CHCY accepts Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (Medicaid), Medicare, and private insurance. It also has a sliding fee scale with nominal fees starting at $20, but you’ll be seen regardless of your payment ability. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
51 Brian Mickelsen Parkway
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Planned Parenthood operates the Flagstaff Health Center, 22 miles from Sedona, where you can access HIV testing and chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital warts, herpes, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis testing and treatment. It also offers HPV vaccines and condoms. If you’re uninsured, you may qualify for a lower fee scale or state-funded program, but you won’t be turned away due to an inability to pay. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2500 South Woodlands Village Boulevard, Suite 12
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Coconino County Public Health Services’ Health and Wellness Clinic in Flagstaff provides low-cost testing, counseling, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis C, and herpes. You can also obtain expedited partner therapy, PrEP, PEP, and free condoms. Targeted HIV testing and all services for adolescents aged 17 or younger are free. The clinic offers a sliding fee scale and accepts some private insurance plans, AHCCCS/Medicaid, and Medicare Part B. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you’ll need to make an appointment.
2625 North King Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Native Americans for Community Action’s Family and Behavioral Health Center offers hepatitis A and B vaccines and HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis testing. NACA provides services to all ethnic groups and ages in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. It accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurance and applies a sliding fee scale if you qualify and plan to self-pay. Appointments are required, with same-day appointments offered to established patients only. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1500 East Cedar Avenue, Suite 26
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Visit the North Country HealthCare’s Flagstaff Clinic for free conventional and rapid blood HIV testing and low-cost STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis. The clinic also offers PrEP for the uninsured and HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccines. North Country HealthCare accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance and bills low-income qualifiers based on a sliding fee scale. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2920 North 4th Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004