Maryland: Montgomery STD Clinic Overloaded
June 3, 2009
The number of people tested and treated at Montgomery County's free STD clinic in Silver Spring has shot up 29 percent from 2005 to 2008, putting a strain on the facility. Often all 27 slots for the following day are filled within 15 minutes of 8 a.m., when staff begin making appointments.
In its new budget, the County Council approved an additional $100,000 for the STD clinic. The extra money would be used for hiring an additional nurse practitioner and for a potential northern satellite office, said Council member Duchy Trachtenberg (D-At Large), who helped shepherd the funding. Most of the people seeking services were minority women, she said.
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