STD Testing in Birmingham, AL
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Birmingham STD Testing Centers
Birmingham'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.
833 Princeton Avenue SWSuite 105QBirmingham, AL 35211Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am-5:00 pm
513 Brookwood BoulevardBrookwood Medical Plaza, Suite 506Birmingham, AL 35209Hours: MON-THR 8:00AM-4:00PM FRI 8:00AM-3:00PM CLOSED LUNCH 12:30PM-1:00PM
STD Statistics in Birmingham, AL
Over the past few years, STD statistics in both Birmingham and the greater Jefferson County area have been shrinking. In 2011, there were 5,511 reported cases of chlamydia in Jefferson County as opposed to the 3,295 cases reported in 2015 in the same area 3. Gonorrhea rates have also decreased. In 2011, there were 2,367 cases reported in Jefferson County as opposed to the 1,478 cases reported in 2015 3. Syphilis rates have also decreased significantly. In 2011, there were 238 cases of syphilis reported in Jefferson County as opposed to the 140 cases reported in 2015 3. While these numbers are getting smaller, when compared to the rest of the country, they are still higher than the nationwide average 2
The rates of HIV have also decreased. In 2009, there were 198 newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection in Jefferson County. In 2013, there were 174 newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection. Of those with reported cases, 60.2% were people between the ages of 20 and 39. The largest mode of exposure for patients being treated in Alabama for HIV is in men who have sex with men accounting for 67.2% of all cases reported. 58% of people living with HIV in Alabama are receiving care for their illness and 47% have achieved viral suppression.7 Regular testing is the best way to know the current status of your sexual health.
STD Testing and Sexual Education in Birmingham, AL
Birmingham public schools adhere to the outlines of Alabama state law. The state legislature has deemed that an emphasis on sexual abstinence as the only completely reliable method of avoiding pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Within the state of Alabama, students are instructed in parenting skills and the financial responsibilities associated with pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing. Lastly, schools in Alabama are required to place an emphasis on teaching that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state. 5, 6
It is because of the abstinence-only curriculum that many students do not learn about the importance of testing regularly for STDs. The CDC recommends screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea for all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Also, men who have sex with men and who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs. The CDC suggests every 3 to 6 months. Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing.7
STDs and Demographics in Birmingham, AL
The Alabama Public Health Department reports from 2015 state that in Birmingham and Jefferson County, many STDs are most commonly contracted between the ages of 15 and 24. 67.3% of all chlamydia cases reported in the area were to people in that age group. Similarly, 56.7% of all gonorrhea reports in the area were of patients in the 15 to 24 age group. Syphilis cases tended to be reported in slightly older individuals. 61.4% of all syphilis cases reported were of patients between the ages of 20 and 34. According to the reports, women are more likely to contract chlamydia or gonorrhea in Alabama while men have a significantly larger chance of contracting syphilis. In Alabama, the black community is the most at risk of STDs. 50.3% of all reported chlamydia cases, 62.4% of all reported gonorrhea cases, and 67.5% of all reported syphilis cases are patients from the black community.3
Many steps have been taken to stop the spread of STD or HIV infection. The Alabama Public Health Department has set up a state hotline for people concerned about STDs. The encourage all residents to seek care at the local health department. Lastly, it is encouraged for all sexually active residents of Birmingham, Jefferson County, or Alabama to test regularly for STDs in order to have an updated status on a person's own sexual health.9
Your Best Birmingham STD Testing Option
Whether you are a resident of Birmingham or just there to take in the culture the city has to offer, there are options for STD testing if you are concerned that you may need it. 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 3 business days or less. Our medical staff is available to answer any questions you have and prescription services are available if medically appropriate and 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.
Not insured? Looking for a lower cost testing option? Find information on free STD testing in Birmingham, Alabama.
- 1 US Census Bureau Quick Facts - Birmingham, AL and Jefferson County
- 2 CDC STD Surveillance Reporting
- 3 Alabama Public Health STD Reports - Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis
- 4 Birmingham, AL About Page
- 5ALA CODE 16-40A-2 : Alabama Code - Section 16-40A-2
- 6 Alabama Course of Study: Health Education
- 7 CDC STD and HIV screening fact sheet
- 8 Alabama HIV Surveillance Report
- 9 Alabama Department of Public Health - STD Awareness