In 2016, Mississippi had the highest gonorrhea rates in the US. Health officials partially blame budget cuts in the public health sector, which have led to the closure of many STD clinics, leaving some people without a clinic nearby.
Many free STD testing programs were also cut, as were awareness programs. Also, there’s a lack of awareness around STIs, and condom use has decreased over the past decade.
In 2017, 20 people in Harrison County were diagnosed with HIV, at a rate of 9.8 per 100K people, a little under the Mississippi rate of 14.3. The same year, Harrison County had 1,208 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 589.2 per 100K people, in comparison to Mississippi’s rate of 708.7. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 313.6 and 18.
There are not many STD-testing clinics in Biloxi. Coastal Family Health Center has several locations and does STI screenings and treatment. You will need to show proof of your income to qualify for a sliding scale fee. Free STD testing is available at the county level, but there may be a wait for services.