Anniston, Alabama, the county seat of Calhoun County, is experiencing an STD epidemic.
In 2016, there were 701 chlamydia infections, and in 2018, the county reported 727. Between January and June of 2019, it had 364 new chlamydia diagnoses.
Gonorrhea infections are rising with 205 in 2016, and 303 new ones in 2018. From January to June of 2019, it recorded 165 cases.
Syphilis, once thought eliminated, is increasing fast throughout the county with one new diagnosis in 2016, and six cases two years later in 2018.
Health officials in Anniston and Calhoun County are concerned about the increasing STD rates in the area and are encouraging sexually active residents to seek regular STI screenings.
There are several locations in and near Anniston that offer comprehensive STD testing services, including treatment and aftercare.
The Calhoun County Health Department operates a clinic on the corner of EA Darden Dr and McClellan Blvd in Anniston.
STI screenings are available through the Health Services Center Incorporated the Main Clinic on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr Dr and Douglas St. It also runs a location at the Gadsden Clinic on Goodyear Ave.
Another option is the Quality of Life Health Services center at the Health Complex at the Armstrong St intersection at the Piedmont Cutoff Hwy in Gadsden.
Some of these sites might offer free STD testing. Same-day appointments may not be an option, and there’s a chance proof of income will be necessary. Additionally, free, comprehensive screenings might not be possible.