The city of Charlotte, North Carolina is home to more than 840,000 people, but the entire metropolitan area has more than 2,000,000 residents. The Charlotte metro area ranks as the 22nd-largest in the U.S.
Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was the fastest-growing metro area. It’s also one of the top 50 cities for millennials.
The metro area’s population is booming, but there’s something else in Charlotte that’s growing: STD cases.
Charlotte, NC STD Statistics
Charlotte has one of the highest occurrence rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.
According to the Health Department, cases of gonorrhea increased by 15% between 2011 and 2015. That puts the city in 21st place for most new cases in the entire U.S.
Cases of syphilis and chlamydia are also on the rise. There were 763 new cases of chlamydia in 2015 – up from 628 the previous year. Cases of syphilis have more than doubled in that same time period.
These figures only represent reported cases in the Charlotte area. The Health Department says there are countless cases that go unreported each year.
In the entire state, Charlotte ranks number two for the highest cases of STDs. North Carolina itself ranks number two in the country for the highest STD rates.
New HIV cases in Mecklenburg County were among the highest in the state in 2015: 5,560 diagnoses that year. There were 6,283 people with HIV living in the county that same year; the most in any county in the state.
Practicing safe sex is the best way to prevent STDs from spreading and becoming an even bigger problem in the city. But getting tested is equally important.
Knowing your status will help ensure that you get the help you need (if you do have an STD), and having your partner get tested will help you avoid contracting an STD.
There are numerous clinics that offer STD testing in Charlotte.
Low-Cost and Free STD Testing in Charlotte, NC
The following facilities offer free or low-cost STD testing in Charlotte, including chlamydia, HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, syphilis and herpes.
Carolina Express Clinic, PPLC
5110 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Any Lab Test Now
8318 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226
Planned Parenthood @ Charlotte Health Center
4822 Albermarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28205
ARCpoint Labs of South Charlotte
2136 Ayrsley Town Blvd B, Charlotte, NC 28273
Mecklenburg County Health Department
2845 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
601 E 5th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Urban Ministry Center
945 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28206
Quality Home Care Services Incorporated
3552 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
Carolinas CARE Partnership
5855 Executive Center Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212
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Cabarrus Women’s Center
163 Winecoff Ave NW, Concord, NC 28025
Monday and Wednesday: 9AM-2PM
Tuesday and Thursday: 3PM-8PM
Student Health Center
9530 Poplar Terrace Dr, Charlotte, NC 28223
10515 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262
Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-1:30PM; 2:29PM-7:30PM
Saturday: 9AM-1PM; 1:30PM-5:30PM
Sunday: 10AM-1PM; 1:30PM-5:30PM
Charlotte Community Health Center
8401 Medical Plaza Dr. Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28262
C.W. Williams Community Health Center
3333 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208
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Free and low-cost STD testing is available in Charlotte, but if you’re looking for a more convenient, private way to find out your status, order your tests online.
If you’ve had unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners, don’t wait to get tested. Find out your status today, and get the help you need (if you test positive). Most common STDs can be treated with antibiotics. Waiting too long to get treated can have serious consequences – including infertility.