Brandon city is one of the areas in Rankin County with heavy STD burden. New contractions occur every year at shocking rates. While the increase may be partly because of increased reporting, many people still don’t know their STD status.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) released a 2014-2018 STD surveillance report. From the analysis, the Rankin County has recorded a decrease in gonorrhea rates from 157.8 in 2015 to 139.0 in 2016. HIV incident rates in the country remained flat with a prevalence of 15.1 and 15.6 in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Chlamydia was the most common STD in Rankin County. In 2016, there were 559 new cases, down from 662 cases in 2015.
The MSDH STD/HIV Prevention Program aims to reduce STD transmissions through increased community education. It strives to inform people about HIV/STD screenings, treatment, and effective prevention tools such as condoms, dental dams, and PrEP. Training is also expended to healthcare providers to improve the quality of care services.
If you’re looking for STD testing services, you can visit the Ranking County Health Department clinic on Parkway Dr or the Hinds County Health Department on W Woodrow Wilson, Jackson.
Furthermore, you can head down to the Madison County Health Department on Park Dr, Canton. The clinic might offer testing services on an appointment basis with limited walk-ins.
You can find alternative local clinics which might render low-cost and free STD testing services within Brandon town. Although, the clinics might not have consistent operational and opening hours and some may delay releasing your test results. Another shortcoming is that the doctors may be absent for consultations during your visit and you might be charged for consultation services.