Collierville, TN is a lovely suburb of Memphis in Shelby County. Collierville faces a growing threat of sexually transmitted diseases that is sweeping the South.
Shelby County has seen a rise in the number of people living with HIV/AIDs over the past several years. As of 2015, there were over 6,500 people with known cases of HIV/AIDs living in Shelby County. This number only represents the number of known cases.
There are undoubtedly many more who have not yet been diagnosed. This makes it more important than ever to get tested, so that if you do test positive, you can get treatment as soon as possible.
According to the Shelby County Health Department, syphilis was on a decline from 2011 to 2013, but it has been rising sharply since then. It continues to be most problematic for persons in the 20 to 24 age group.
Clinics, such as Planned Parenthood and the Shelby County Health Department, may offer Free STD testing to Collierville residents who qualify. Some of these public clinics only test for certain STDs.
Other clinics include Christ Community Health Services, OUTMemphis, Friends for Life, and CHOICES Center for Reproductive Health in Memphis. These outreach services may offer STD testing services for Collierville residents.
These clinics accept different insurance and accept various payment options, so be sure to check ahead before you visit. Some of them allow appointments and others only have walk-in hours and may have an extensive wait time.