Reported STD cases saw an increase of 26% in the Chattanooga area among teens and young adults. Last year, Chattanooga alone had 277 new AIDS cases. In 2016, the state of Tennessee saw 714 new cases of HIV.
Rates of gonorrhea in Hamilton County increased from 442 in 2010 to a whopping 749 in 2016; chlamydia cases in the county rose from 1,537 in 2010 to 2,072 in 2016; and rates of primary and secondary syphilis increased from 10 cases in 2010 to an alarming 29 cases in 2016. As the least transmitted among the most common sexually transmitted infections, syphilis prevalence can be seen as a good general indicator of how bad the STD epidemic currently is.
How do you protect your health? Through regular testing and preventative measures.
Chattanooga offers many public and private std testing locations throughout the city with services and opportunities for furthering your knowledge to protect yourself and your partner.
From the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department locations throughout the city to Chattanooga CARES on East 3rd Street, it’s easy to find a testing center that offers the services you want. Other services are also being offered to lower the rate of STD transmission, like the Chattanooga CARES needle exchange program.
Free STD testing is another service the city and county offer, however it is not guaranteed that you will be able to speak to a doctor if you have any questions.