Clinton, a suburb of Jackson in Mississippi is the 10th largest city in the state. Between 2013 and 2017 sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD) in Mississippi have increased dramatically across the board.
In just those few short years, the region saw a 26% increase in chlamydia and that’s the STI growing the slowest. Gonorrhea is up by an astounding 80%.
Primary and secondary syphilis went up by almost 300%, but HIV rates are at least holding steady if not trending downwards.
Medical professionals across the nation think these trends might be from increased use of dating applications and the proliferation of a “hookup culture” since so many infections are common in the 15-24 age group, but the latest census data shows younger people aren’t as sexually active today as they were in previous generations. Likely leaving the issue as one of sexual education and misinformation.
To counter this upswing in bacterial illnesses, doctors recommend open and frank communication between all sexual partners, and early/regular testing as most infections of this type can be treated fairly easily if caught early. There are a couple of options in Clinton. St. Dominic’s Family Medicine and MEA Clinton Primary Care Plus amongst them. Both just east of the Natchez Trace Pkwy and Interstate 20 interchange. Many clinics offer sliding pay scales or include free STD testing for those who qualify. They might even be able to return your results in as little as 1-2 days.
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