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Southeast Health District
Southeast Health District
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.
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Statesboro is the largest city in and seat of Bulloch County and part of the Savannah–Hinesville–Statesboro Combined Statistical Area. In 2019, Bulloch County’s chlamydia cases climbed for the second consecutive year, gonorrhea diagnoses dropped slightly, and syphilis infections more than doubled.
Over the last decade, Bulloch County has seen chlamydia cases inch up and down by relatively small degrees before hitting a high in 2015, followed by a sharp drop. The county’s efforts to curb chlamydia infections paid off with nearly a 14% decrease in 2016 and a smaller drop of almost 6.5% in 2017. Unfortunately, reported chlamydia diagnoses soared back up in 2018 and 2019, resulting in case numbers being nearly as high as they were before the two-year decline. In 2019, chlamydia infections were twice as prevalent in women than in men, and more than 47% of all diagnoses were among young adults aged 20 to 24.
Unlike in many areas, gonorrhea infections in Bulloch County have historically been higher among women than men until 2019, when male diagnoses barely surpassed female diagnoses. After a spike of nearly 53% in gonorrhea infections among women in 2017, case numbers dropped 10% in 2018 and another 23% in 2019. Diagnoses among men increased about 6% in 2018 and only dropped about 9% in 2019, so male cases accounted for over 48% of all gonorrhea infections in 201, while female cases made up about 45%. Nearly half of all gonorrhea diagnoses in 2019 were among young adults aged 20 to 24.
Although syphilis infections occurred less frequently than chlamydia and gonorrhea, the number of cases kept spiking, including syphilis diagnoses in all stages more than doubling in 2019. While cases in the primary stage of infection dropped slightly in 2019, the number of syphilis incidences in the secondary stage quadrupled, and those in the early latent stage doubled. Syphilis diagnoses among men were over five times more prevalent than they were among women in 2019, and 37.5% of syphilis infections in all stages were reported in the 20 to 24 age group.
Many STDs have no symptoms or very nonspecific symptoms that you might not even notice. Still, it’s important to learn your STD status to prevent severe health problems over time or inadvertently spreading the infection to your partners. Overcome the stigma surrounding STDs and help stop their spread by regularly performing reliable at-home STD tests. Or take advantage of the free or low-cost tests available in Statesboro and 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 Statesboro 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 Bulloch Wellness Center offers free, confidential HIV testing and low-cost STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis C. You receive a comprehensive assessment that includes an examination and evaluation, which is available for males and females. The clinic can also supply you with free condoms and information on managing STDs. GDPH accepts Medicaid and Medicare, but it also offers a sliding fee scale if you qualify based on your income. The wellness center is open Monday through Friday.
3 West Altman Street
Statesboro, GA 30458
912-764-2402 or 800-796-6213
Planned Parenthood’s Savannah Center provides free condoms and other STD services that may include HIV, chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. You may also be able to get HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. Payment is expected at the time of service, but some STD services may be covered by insurance. If you’re uninsured, you may be eligible for financial assistance, and the clinic accepts Medicaid. You’re welcome to walk in to make an appointment or see if a same-day appointment is available during clinic hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
720 East 71st Street
Savannah, GA 31405
The Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care clinic in Savannah provides testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, HIV, and syphilis. You can also get vaccinated for HPV and hepatitis A and B. Services are provided at a low cost, and the clinic accepts insurance and Medicaid. You may also qualify for a sliding fee scale and PrEP services if you’re uninsured. Appointments are required between 7:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.
106 East Broad Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Starland Family Practice sees anyone in the greater Savannah area, especially those in the LGBT community. Services include low-cost screening and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, HIV, herpes, and syphilis. The clinic has a credentialed HIV specialist, so you receive HIV treatment without seeing an infectious disease physician. The clinic is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only.
9100 White Bluff Road, Suite 403
Savannah, GA 31406
J.C. Lewis Health Care Center in Savannah offers free HIV testing and low-cost hepatitis C, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and herpes testing. You can also get PrEP services and hepatitis A/B vaccinations. The center accepts private insurance and Medicaid or you may qualify for a sliding fee scale if you’re not covered. Same-day appointments are available, but patients with appointments are seen first. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
5 Mall Annex
Savannah, GA 31401