STD Testing in Anchorage, AK
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Anchorage STD Testing Centers
Anchorage's private testing facilities provide diagnostic testing for a variety of conditions, so other patients won't know the reason for your visit. Your test results will be kept private, and will be available to you quickly--usually in 3 business days or less.
4120 Laurel StreetSuite 103Anchorage, AK 99508Hours: MON-FRI 7:30AM-5:00PM SAT 8:00A-12:00PM
STD Statistics in Anchorage, AK
In the Anchorage metropolitan area, some STDs have been on the rise. Cases of gonorrhea have risen significantly over the past several years. In 2011, there were 327 reported cases of gonorrhea in the area. In 2014 that number more than doubled to 815.2 A similar increase has been seen in syphilis cases. In 2011, there was only 1 case reported of syphilis in the Anchorage area as opposed to 2014, when there were a total of 31 infections reported.2 These rising numbers suggest a greater need for STD testing in the area.
While the statistics show a rise in both gonorrhea and syphilis, the most commonly reported STD in Anchorage, chlamydia, has seen a steady decrease over the past few years. In 2010, there were 810 reports of people infected with chlamydia throughout the metropolitan area. In 2015, that number had gone down to 725.2
Anchorage also has the highest level of HIV infection in Alaska. Anchorage currently accounts for over 19% of all HIV cases throughout the state. That number has gone down over the past few years. In 2011, Anchorage accounted for 30% of statewide reports.3 Currently, Anchorage is involved in many surveillance and preventative programs for HIV. These include educational programs as well as HIV/AIDS care programs through local area health departments.4
STD Testing and Sexual Education in Anchorage, AK
Currently, the state of Alaska does not have legislation that dictates sexual health education, therefore schools are not required to teach sexuality or sexual transmitted disease education. However, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is committed to providing school staff with any updated research or other tools needed to teach an effective curriculum of sexual health education. The Alaskan health education standards do require that students are taught to understand the physical and behavioral characteristics of human sexual development and maturity, develop an awareness of how personal life roles are affected by and contribute to the well-being of families, communities, and cultures, understand how respect for the rights of self and others contributes to relationships, and take responsible actions to create safe and healthy environments.5
Additionally, the state of Alaska does not require parental permission for students to participate in sexual health education including HIV/AIDS awareness curriculum. Current policy also does not state whether or not a parent can choose to remove a child from the same programs.
The Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Division Reproductive Health Clinic currently offers some STD educational resources to Anchorage residents.6 The CDC recommends that all women under the age of 25 be testing regularly for chlamydia. Additionally, it suggests than all women with multiple partners (regardless of age) should also be tested.8
STDs and Demographics in Anchorage, AK
According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services 2015 HIV surveillance report, men were much more likely to contract HIV. There were 49 cases of men infected with HIV in Alaska that year, or 76.5% of all cases reported in the state. White men were the largest group to report cases of HIV, accounted for nearly half of all cases reported. People between the ages of 25 and 34 accounted for 36% of reported cases.4 It was also reported in 2015 that 29% of all newly diagnosed HIV infections were simultaneously diagnosed with a bacterial STD such as chlamydia, syphilis, or gonorrhea.7
The state of Alaska does report that 87% of patients living with HIV are currently receiving some sort of medical care for the infection, and of those with linkage to care, 88% were virally suppressed.7 The Alaska DHSS reports that HIV transmission is much more common in those that engage in male-to-male sex or participate in the use of intravenous drugs.4 The CDC recommends any persons aged 13-64 should be tested at least once for HIV and any persons who have unsafe sex or share injection drug equipment should be tested for HIV at least once a year.8
Your Best Anchorage STD Testing Option
Whether you are a resident of Anchorage or just visiting to see some of America's greatest wilderness, there are options if you have STD concerns. Getting tested is simple, affordable and confidential with STDTestExpress.com. All it takes is to answer a few brief medical questions to see which tests our doctors recommend. From there you can pick a lab to visit from our vast network of locations throughout your area. Sample collection often takes less than 30 minutes and your results are usually back within three business days or less. Our medical staff is available to answer any questions you have and prescription services are available if allowed by state law. It is just that simple to go and get tested today. If available in your area, In-Home Collection even allows you to be tested at home, work or another location of your choice.
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- 1 Municipality of Anchorage - About
- 2 Infectious Disease Epidemiology Report for Alaska 2011-2014
- 3 HIV Epidemiology Report Alaska 1986-2015
- 4 Alaska Department of Health and Social Services HIV Programs
- 5National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education - Alaska
- 6 Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services
- 7 2015 Alaska HIV Update Bulletin
- 8 CDC Testing Recommendations Fact Sheet Report
- 9 US Census Bureau Quick Facts - Anchorage