VIRGINIA BEACH — In 2016 the Virginia Department of Health released data stating the No. 1 sexually transmitted infection in the city is chlamydia, there being 2,675 cases.
For comparison, the state had a total of 331,096 cases of chlamydia in 2016.
The other top STI’s in the city are gonorrhea (667 cases), HIV/AIDS (61 cases) and total early syphilis (97 cases), according to the VDH.
Based on data charts compiled by the VDH, the city was more prone to cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS and total early syphilis than the rest of the state.
The common treatments for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are antibiotics which can be purchased after diagnosis at local clinics, according to Planned Parenthood.
There currently is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but testing is free at most clinics and there are treatment options available for those diagnosed with it.
They offer free, confidential HIV testing, counseling and education.
They do charge for STD clinic services, more information can be found here.
They take insurance and payments on a client-by-client basis.
Currently, Planned Parenthood charges $102-$112 for gonorrhea and chlamydia testing and $115 for comprehensive STD testing.
To learn more, click here.
In addition to the on-site testing, the center also has a mobile testing van, the schedule can be monitored on Twitter here.
To find other STD testing clinics in the area, click here.