The Southern United States is at the front and center of the STD epidemic. With staggeringly high rates of STDs states in the South need to work extra hard to reduce the transmission rates and increase educational opportunities to increase health and wellbeing among local populations.
Current STD rates include a rate of 198 chlamydia cases per 100,000 residents in Albemarle County.
In Charlottesville 178 new HIV cases were reported, with a prevalence rate now reaching 448 per 100,000 residents. The Thomas Jefferson Health District launched a multi-media campaign in 2018 to encourage regular testing.
Testing centers in Charlottesville include the Central Virginia Health Services Incorporated on LeGrande Avenue, the Virginia Department of Health on Rose Hill Drive, and the University of Virginia Health System on West Main Street, among others.
The Virginia Department of Health, partnering with local community-based organizations, is working to assess current trends and promote healthier living. Low or no cost services, including free STD testing, are available at certain locations for underinsured or uninsured residents.