Anderson city is the center of an urbanized area and has experienced a spike in the number of sexually transmitted diseases reported in recent years. By 2015, 883 residents per year have been affected by chlamydia, at a rate of 453.5 per 100,000 in Anderson county. By 2017, the number of cases increased substantially to 1,082.
In Anderson County, gonorrhea cases increased by 43% over five years between 2013 and 2017. The most adversely affected by gonorrhea is those in the 20 to 24 age group and more than half those recorded were black, indicating a need to address sexual health practices in young non-white residents of Anderson.
In 2013,169 AIDS-related deaths occurred in Anderson County. Between 2016 and 2017, 18 new AIDS cases developed, and 317 residents were living with HIV/AIDS.
One such organization that aims to tackle the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS in Anderson County is AIDS Upstate, which provides HIV support, prevention, and vital education services to residents of Anderson and nearby counties.
AIDS Upstate is just one example of an organization that provides HIV testing services in and around Anderson. Anderson residents may also be able to book screenings and treatment services at the South Carolina Department of Health clinics such as the McCormick Public Health Office or the Edgefield Public Health Office.
Some clinics can offer low-cost or even free STD tests and treatments. However, doctors may not always be available, and wait times can be sporadic, making it quite difficult if urgent care is required.