Recent statistics show a mix of rising and declining rates across STDs. Reported cases in the past year totaled: 390 cases of syphilis, 32,304 cases of chlamydia, 10,179 cases of gonorrhea, 715 cases of HIV, 7 cases of Hepatitis A, 204 cases of Hepatitis B, and 150 cases of Hepatitis C.
Compared with previous year data rates of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea increased; however, rates of HIV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C decreased.
Montgomery County takes the number one place for most sexually diseased county across the state.
In an attempt to help combat the growing problem the health department offers free STD testing for the most common diseases, but not all, and treatment options. Many people infected with STDs don’t know they have been exposed because many of these conditions can be present without any symptoms. However, if left untreated they have the potential for leaving lasting damage, so regular testing is advised by health professionals for all sexually active persons.
From the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center Incorporated on Dover Road to the Tennessee Department of Health on Pageant Lane, there are multiple testing locations throughout Clarksville.