STD Testing in Vermont

Vermont boasts the lowest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the U.S. The most common STDs in the state include chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea.

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Do you know what STDs are? These are basically germs that can quickly spread from person to person via sexual or skin-to-skin contact. Viruses can cause these infections, for instance, HIV, or bacteria, e.g., chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Or else, STDs could be caused by parasites, e.g., trichomoniasis. No matter what kind of STD or infection you have contracted, it will make you vulnerable to a host of other life-threatening ailments and can impact your fertility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 20 million new STDs infections are reported annually. A majority of these cases are identified among people aged 15 to 24. That's not a healthy trend because it can have long-lasting, adverse health consequences for the individual.

In America, two of the most commonly reported infectious diseases are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Both pose a considerable risk to male/female reproductive health and cause infertility/impotence if left untreated. So, testing is the only way to detect and treat STIs (sexually transmitted infections) before these turn into diseases and lead to other more chronic infections.

STDs are treatable infections, but the problem is that most of them are asymptomatic, which means the infected individual doesn't get any symptoms until the disease has done considerable damage. You can consider them the silent killers. That's why the CDC recommends that every sexually active individual should undergo STDs screening regularly to remain aware of their sexual health status. They should also encourage their partners to get tested to enjoy a healthy and happy life.

ClearChoiceMD

No Appointment Required

798 US Route 302, Berlin, Vermont 05641

23.36 mile

Tel: 8027440138


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Hepatitis A Testing
  • • Hepatitis B Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

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Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Hyde Park Health Center

213 Main St, Hyde Park, Vermont 05655

3.03 mile

Tel: (802) 888-3077

Tel: (802) 888-6912


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Family Planning
  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
  • • STD Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution

Audiences

  • • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • • Adults
  • • At Risk Persons
  • • General Public
  • • Low Income Persons
  • • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • • Persons with STDs
  • • Women
  • • Men
  • • LGBT

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted
  • • Donations Accepted

Languages

  • • English
  • • Interpretation Services Available for Non-English Languages

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Northern Counties Health Care Incorporated Hardwick Area Health Center

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4 Slapp Hill Rd, Hardwick, Vermont 05843

11.05 mile

Tel: (802) 472-3300

Tel: (802) 472-8277


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing
  • • Gonorrhea Testing
  • • Syphilis Testing
  • • Herpes Testing
  • • Chlamydia Testing
  • • Conventional HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • HIV/AIDS Medical Treatment
  • • STD Treatment
  • • TB Treatment
  • • Primary Care

Prevention Services Offered

  • • HIV Test Counseling

Support Services

  • • Case Management

Audiences

  • • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • • At Risk Persons
  • • General Public
  • • Low Income Persons
  • • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • • Persons with STDs
  • • Women
  • • HIV Positive Persons
  • • Men

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Fee
  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Medicare Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted

Languages

  • • English

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The Health Center

157 Towne Ave, Plainfield, Vermont 05667

20.71 mile

Tel: (802) 454-8336


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • TB Testing
  • • Rapid HIV Testing

Care Services Offered

  • • Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • • STD Treatment

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling

Audiences

  • • Adolescents/Youth/Teens
  • • At Risk Persons
  • • General Public
  • • Low Income Persons
  • • Women
  • • Men
  • • African Americans/Blacks
  • • Hispanics/Latinos
  • • Men Who Have Sex with Men
  • • LGBT
  • • Gay Men
  • • Native Americans

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Medicaid Accepted
  • • Medicare Accepted
  • • Sliding Scale
  • • Insurance Accepted

Languages

  • • English

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Vermont CARES Montpelier Office

29 Main St, Ste 14, Montpelier, Vermont 05602

20.72 mile

Tel: (802) 371-6222


Appointment Required: Yes


Tests Offered

  • • Rapid HIV Testing
  • • Hepatitis C Rapid Testing

Prevention Services Offered

  • • STD Prevention/Education
  • • HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education
  • • HIV Test Counseling
  • • Hepatitis Prevention/Education
  • • Condom Distribution

Support Services

  • • Support Groups
  • • Case Management

Audiences

  • • Adults
  • • At Risk Persons
  • • General Public
  • • Low Income Persons
  • • Persons Practicing High Risk Behaviors
  • • Persons with HIV/AIDS
  • • Women
  • • HIV Positive Persons
  • • Persons with Hepatitis
  • • Men
  • • Young Adults
  • • Substance Abusers
  • • LGBT
  • • Gay Men
  • • Community Based Organizations

Fees & Payment Information

  • • Free HIV Testing
  • • No Fee

Languages

  • • English

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Which Method of STD Testing is Suitable for Me?

STD testing options in Vermont

Every sexually active individual must protect their sexual health. Regular STD testing is the only way to care for your sexual health. However, sometimes it becomes confusing to select the right testing method as there are so many options available. For your convenience, we have gathered information about all available STD testing methods in Vermont. Check them out to find out which option is suitable for you.

Testing MethodWaiting TimesSpeed of ResultsPositive Consultation

Private Testing (Walk-In Clinic)

10-20 Minutes with No Wait

24-72 Hours

Free With Positive Result

At-Home STD Testing

No Wait

5-11 Days

Free With Positive Result

Doctor Visit

with Insurance

Call for Appointment

7-10 Days

Co-Pay Required

Doctor Visit

without Insurance

Call for Appointment

7-10 Days

Out-of-Pocket Cost Required

Public Clinic

Limited Hours and Long Lines

7-14 Days

No

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A nucleic acid amplification test is a laboratory procedure that professionals often perform to make detecting a particular nucleic acid or gene being targeted easier and more convenient while still ensuring that the sample being collected is relatively minimal. Nucleic acid amplification tests, or NAATs, are usually the mainstay diagnostic test for most STDs due to their ability to detect the presence of pathogenic nucleic acids and genes in the patient sample with utmost accuracy and speed. NAATs depends on their ability to replicate the target RNA and DNA to create numerous copies – resulting in an increased convenience in the detection of the desired molecules instead of trying to either blindly look for one strand in a minuscule sample or collecting a large sample that could make the patient uncomfortable throughout the process. Although NAATs are often preferred for a more conclusive diagnosis of STDs, certain exceptions such as the availability of resources and instances of intermittent viral shedding could make NAATs less desirable than other tests. Fret not, however, as your physician is knowledgeable regarding these instances and would often request the best diagnostic procedure for your instances.

Yes. Certain companies offer at-home testing kits wherein you are the one that will collect the specimens necessary for the test at the comfort of your own home. Sure, it might sometimes be subject to errors due to the potential contamination of the sample from collection to transportation, but it does offer a great deal of privacy and convenience for patients who would prefer to have their identities hidden in fear that their community will judge them.

It would vary depending on the condition that is being tested. STDs behave differently due to the varying pathogenicity of each STD’s causative organism. In some instances, you can get accurately tested as early as two weeks following exposure, while some are intermittently inaccurate due to its recurrence (much like in the case of herpes infections). To avoid this, be sure to discuss the intricacies of the test with your physician to understand whether a particular test could provide you with a conclusive diagnosis or if it still needs another confirmatory test to establish its premise.

Similar to what was previously mentioned, herpes infections are known for their recurring tendencies – causing outbreaks now and then and thus causing an intermittent spike in the patient’s viral load for specific instances. In addition to that, other STDs also take time to proliferate and produce a sufficient viral load that could warrant a positive and, more importantly, accurate diagnosis and detection from the tests being administered. As such, detecting an STD a few days following exposure is often complex and unpredictable – leading physicians to follow a certain timeframe instead for testing STDs instead of blindly testing immediately following exposure. Physical exams, however, may supplement inaccurate laboratory diagnoses, especially in cases where the test is prone to false results.

It does vary on a case-to-case basis. Insurance policies are often particular with the instances that they would be covering with their program. Some may cover severe accidents, some may even consider “orphan disease,” and yes, some may also cover the expenses for performing STD diagnostic tests. However, considering that your insurance provider will have to verify the person's identity availing of the program, STD testing laboratories that employ a minimal collection of patient information may not accept insurance policies to prioritize privacy over affordability.

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Vermont STD Data

STD data & statistics in Vermont


Government Initiatives

The Vermont Health Department continuously monitors reportable bacterial infections, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The department is responsible for providing support services to Vermonters, mainly assisting newly diagnosed individuals to understand their condition and treatment demands better. Moreover, the department notifies sex partners of those diagnosed with an STD on a free and voluntary basis. Furthermore, the Vermont Health Department links the patients' partners to STD testing and treatment.

Vermont's HIV/STD/Hepatitis Program funds and supports different programs designed to help people at risk for STDs. Through this initiative, the state intends to spread awareness among people regarding how to protect themselves against STDs and prevent their spread.

In addition to this, the program ensures at-risk communities can access STD testing and helps infected individuals adhere to treatment options that reduce infection symptoms and the risk of transmission and improve their overall health. The team achieves these tasks by collaborating with medical services providers across the state to ensure they offer appropriate STDs testing facilities and deliver the best possible treatment to patients diagnosed with STDs.

Another important initiative is started by the CDC. The organization offers funding to the Vermont State Health Department to implement initiatives geared towards reducing STDs prevalence in the state via advanced control measures. CDC's focus is on encouraging scalable, high-impact, sustainable, and cost-effective STDs prevention solutions.

HIV Initiatives in Vermont

The Health Vermont by the government of Vermont has specialized programs for the treatment and care of HIV patients. The Health Department of Vermont has partnered with CDC and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to facilitate the HIV patients in the state. The program offers primary medical care and support facilities like case management, medical nutrition therapy, and outpatient ambulatory care.

AIDS Project, Southern Vermont is another initiative to reduce the newly diagnosed cases of HIV and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV in Vermont. The project offers both preventive services as well as services for people already diagnosed. For HIV patients, this project offers case management services, healthy living food programs, financial assistance, and access to health insurance for uninsured or underinsured patients.

The University of Vermont Medical Center has four comprehensive care clinics in different locations of the state. These clinics across the state offer services like free HIV testing, prevention counseling, confidential services, and state-of-the-art medical care facilities.

STD Statistics in Vermont

Reportedly, Vermont has the second-to-lowest or lowest most rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary/secondary syphilis in the country as per the 2019 statistics. However, Vermont has been observing a surprising spike in the rates of infectious diseases, particularly the three common STDs, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

In 2008, the state recorded 34 gonorrhea cases, and in 2018 the number increased to 274. A similar trend was noticed in chlamydial infections as from 954 cases in 2006, the state's infection rate crossed 2,000 by 2018.

In fact, the state's number of chlamydia cases jumped from 1,690 cases in 2016 to over 1,850 cases in 2017. What's most concerning is that these numbers only indicate confirmed cases, which means an individual went to get screened and received a positive result. These numbers do not include people unaware of their sexual health status and haven't gotten tested for STDs yet.

According to the state's health department, the overall national rates of STDs also do not provide a clear picture as these are only one-fifth of the total cases out there. So, while Vermont's number has remained steady at 2,000 infections, the situation could be much worse, and the actual number of cases may exceed 10,000.

In 2018, the state's population-adjusted chlamydia infection rate was 297.5, which was indeed low enough for the state to appear at number 49 among the 50 U.S. states. It was -43% lower than the overall U.S. rate.

Still, Vermont's chlamydia rates are higher than West Virginia, the state that came at number 50. Over the past six years, Vermont's chlamydia rate has been increasing. Today, it is 8% higher than the rate reported in 2012 but way lower than the number of cases in 2014 and 2015 when the state reported 357 and 303 chlamydia cases, respectively.

Concerning gonorrhea prevalence, the state boasts the single lowest rate in the 50 U.S. states with just 32.5 cases/100,000 population. This is -81% lower than the overall national gonorrhea rates and -90% lower than the topmost affected state Mississippi.

But, the fact cannot be ignored that rates of gonorrhea infection have been rising since 2015 and doubled between 2012 and 2017. In 2012 and 2013, the state reported over 15 cases/100,000 people, and in 2014, there were over 13 cases/100,000 people. The state witnessed a sharp rise in 2015, with 24.8 gonorrheal infections reported per 100,000 people, followed by 20.1 cases in 2016 and 32.5 cases in 2017.

In Vermont, the number of primary/secondary syphilis cases has remained relatively low, with 2.1 cases reported per 100,000 people. That's the 2nd lowest rate in the USA and well below the national rate (-78%). It is around -90% lower than Nevada's syphilis infection rate. It is important to note that Nevada is the national leader in syphilis infection.

However, in the past few years, syphilis rates have increased in Vermont. The state has recorded a whopping 110% increase between 2012 and 2018. Where Vermont reported just one primary/secondary syphilis case per 100,000 people in 2012, by 2017, this increased to 2.1 cases/100,000 people.

HIV Rates in Vermont

Considering data from Vermont Health Department, health care centers across the states have been receiving HIV-positive patients, anywhere between 500 to 600, 70 % of whom haven’t been previously diagnosed. This has been a cause of particular concern for the health authorities as the numbers are slightly noticeable considering the state's small population.

According to the HIV Surveillance report,2014 by the Vermont Department of Health, a total of 665 adults and adolescents were known to be living with HIV/AIDS in the state. The rate of HIV-positive patients per 100,000 population was 106. Of the people living with HIV, 60%ofthe people lived in Vermont at the time of their diagnosis.

In the State health profile by CDC, 2015, the total number of new diagnoses in the state was 11, making Vermont rank at 50th of the 50 U.S. states. Considering the data from 2017, the total number of people living with HIV in Vermont was 678, with 18 cases reported during the same year. There was an 83% viral suppression among the people living with HIV in Vermont, and 43% of the newly diagnosed cases were those of gay or bisexual men. AIDSVu data, 2018, shows that during 2018 18 people were newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS making the total number of people living with HIV in Vermont to 711.

Age, Gender, and Ethnic Disparities

In Vermont, there has been an unprecedented increase in STI diagnoses among people between 60 and 70s. This means people falling under this age group have responded to the statewide campaigns for people to get tested for STDs, whether they have symptoms or not.

It is worth noting that the overall STDs incidence is relatively low in Vermont, and the data regarding ethnic disparities in STDs is scarce. But, as per the CDC, the state has seen improvement in cases of congenital syphilis over the years as there were no reported cases between 2011 and 2015. This indicates more pregnant females are getting tested for syphilis and getting appropriate treatment before giving birth.

Burlington metro area is the worst affected region in Vermont as far as chlamydia infection rates are concerned since 2 in 5 cases were reported here between 2017-2018. On the other hand, the Claremont-Lebanon area, which includes New Hampshire counties, accounted for 13% of all chlamydia cases reported in Vermont. Washington country reported 365 cases, Chittenden country reported 359 cases, and Orange country reported 325 cases per 100,000 people in 2017-2018.

In Vermont, Burlington accounted for over half of all gonorrhea cases in 2017. Chittenden reported the most cases (34), followed by Grand Isle with 29 cases, and Franklin county reported over 26 cases in 2017.

Regarding primary and secondary syphilis, one out of three cases were diagnosed in the Burlington area, whereas Claremont-Lebanon has 22% of all cases.

The disparities in the state's chlamydia rates between white women and women of color are significant since, in 2017, the rate of STD infection among black women was at least five times higher than that of white women. The highest rates of chlamydia were reported among people aged 20-24, and young females within this age group make up around half of all reported cases in Vermont.

HIV-Specific Data

Data from the AIDSVu report indicates that in 2018 there were a total of 711 people living with HIV in Vermont. The numbers according to the HIV surveillance report were 665 in 2014. The numbers have risen slowly, which is mainly a cause of concern. The total number of new diagnoses in 2018 was 18, and the new diagnosis rate per 100,000 was 3.

The rate of HIV per 100,000 in 2018 was 130. Out of the total people living with HIV, 81.4% were males, and 18.6% were females. 73.8% of the people living with HIV in Vermont were white Americans, 10.1% were Black or African Americans, and 8.9% were Hispanic or Latino.

46% of the people living with HIV were aged 55 and above, 28.7% belonged to the age group 45 to 54 years, and 14.5% were 35 to 44 years. Of the total numbers, 7.6% were 25 to 35 years, and 3.2% were between 13 to 24 years.

According to the reports from AIDSVu, the total number of HIV-related mortalities in Vermont during 2018 was 11. The rate of HIV-related death per 100,000 population was 2. Considering the modes of transmission, the same report indicates that 72.5% of the males contracted HIV through male to male sexual contact, 5.9% of males having HIV contracted the virus from heterosexual contact, while 8.5% transmission of the virus in male categories was due to contaminated injection use. The most popular transmission mode in females was heterosexual contact (61.7%), and 33.8% of the HIV transmission was due to contaminated injection use.

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