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LARGO, MD – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing steep increases in reported sexually transmitted infections (STIs) nationwide.
According to the CDC, 2017 set a new nationwide record for reported cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, and it is the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in these reported STIs.The Prince George’s County Health Department is reminding residents about the variety of county services available for them to get tested for STIs and receive treatment, if necessary.ServicesTeenagers and young adults (10 to 24 years old) can get confidential, on-site STI testing and treatment at the Healthy Teens and Young Adults Clinic, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Healthy Teens and Young Adults Clinic7824 Central AvenueLandover, MD 20785Please call 301-324-5141 for more information.In addition, condoms, testing, and treatment are available for County students at four School- Based Wellness Centers:Bladensburg High School Fairmont Heights High School4200 57th Avenue 6501 Columbia Park RoadBladensburg, MD 20710 Hyattsville, MD 20785(240) 696-3356 (240) 573-7255Northwestern High School Oxon Hill High School7000 Adelphi Road 6701 Leyte DriveHyattsville, MD 20782 Oxon Hill, MD 20745(301) 985-1872 (240) 724-1442The hours of operation at each Wellness Center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. After graduation from high school, students can transfer to the Healthy Teens and Young Adults Clinic to continue their care up to 24 years of age. For more information, please call the numbers provided for each Wellness Center.Free, confidential, on-site STI testing and treatment are available for adults at the Reproductive Health Resource Center Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Reproductive Health Resource Center3003 Hospital DriveSuite 3048Cheverly, MD 20785Appointments can be scheduled by calling 301-583-3150.*Please note: Free STI testing applies to residents ages 21 and younger. For those 22 and older, there are costs associated with STI testing. However, HIV testing is free for all.“Prince George’s County has offered these services for years, and we must continue to educate our communities about the ways we can help them be aware of their sexual health status and receive appropriate care,” said Prince George’s County Health Officer Pamela B. Creekmur. “We remain committed to raising public awareness about the importance of sexual health so we can reduce the infection rates we are seeing across our region and our nation.”For more information about STIs, please visit:https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1882/Sexually-Transmitted-Diseases-STDshttps://www.cdc.gov/std/###