In regards to Syphilis, Atlanta alone has an infection rate of over twice the national average. The state of Georgia is ranked second in the nation for Syphilis, and Fulton County has the highest rate of infection per 100K people than any other county in the state.
The state is ranked seventh for Gonorrhea infections, and approximately 115 people per 100K in the Atlanta area are infected, which is just slightly under the national average of almost 124 people. Fulton County is more than double the national average at 225 people, according to the Health Department.
Chlamydia ranks highly, as well, with the state ranked sixth in the nation for the highest infection rates.
In Atlanta, there are approximately 340 cases of Chlamydia per 100K people, which is below the national average of 478 per 100K people. However, Fulton County is above the national average at more than 500 infected persons per 100K people.
Perhaps the most alarming findings from research done by the CDC concerns HIV. According to studies done in 2016, 1 in 51 Georgians will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Obviously, this study is a bit dated, and the numbers, unfortunately, have only risen.
Additionally, Dr. Carlos Del Rio from the Emory University Center for AIDS Research has stated that the rate of HIV infections in downtown Atlanta alone is as bad as third-world countries, including Harare, Zimbabwe, and Durban.
There are many private and public testing centers available in Atlanta, including Planned Parenthood on Moreland Avenue and other public testing centers, as well as several private options, including locations on Peachtree Street, Roswell Road, and more.
Some clinics even provide free STD testing during AIDS Awareness Month in April and for those that qualify financially throughout the year. Not all tests are available without charge and times do vary, which might not always fit your schedule or current needs.