A slight increment of HIV cases was noted in Albertville, a city in Marshall County. The infections surged from 72 at a rate of 99 in 2013 to 87 at a rate of 113 by 2017.
There were no reported Syphilis cases in 2013, indicating a few cases of men who have sex with men in the county.
Gonorrhea cases were relatively lower in the county. By the end of 2013, the rate of the infections was 48 per 100,000 persons.
Chlamydia was the most dominant STI in the county, and by 2013, the rate of the infections was 200 per 100,000 persons. Chlamydia cases are commonly higher in women than in men, and in 2013, the female population had 70 percent of the infections.
Marshall County Department of Health’s strategy of reducing HIV/STD infections targets teenagers and young adults. The department works with health care providers to provide them with linkage coordinators, appointing young case managers, and encouraging them to check their sexual health status regularly.
Albertville residents can check their sexual health in medical centers like the Care Plus Family Medical and the Planned Parenthood – Birmingham Health Center. They may also visit Marshall Medical Center South or Marshall County Health Department located at the heart of Albertville city.
Some of the hospitals in the city provide free STD testing, and residents who may be lucky to access the free services may be required to be at a high risk of contracting the infections or residents of the Marshall County.