In Columbia city, the rate of residents living with HIV has increased in the last 3 years. From 107 to 115 rate per 100,000 population.
Thisis not the only sexually transmitted disease that “The Mule Capital of the world” has to face, with increasing cases of Chlamydia each year from 343 in 2014 to 364 in 2017.
In the county of Maury, there is a downward trend in the cases of gonorrhea since 2014. With 102 cases in 2014, oo cases in 2015 and 80 cases for 2016.
Columbia city has organizations with the goal of providing solutions for HIV positive residents to enhance their quality of life. Residents who are afraid of losing insurance coverage or are having a difficult time to deal with their positive status.
The health department of Maury County located in Hampshire Pike offers services to the community, for people that want to have more information about their HIV status, for example, confidential counseling, partner or spouse notification and treatments.
Within the area there are plenty of alternatives to get tested, most of them you will find at the North and South of the James Campbell Blvd and in Trotwood Ave.
The regional HIV Clinic in Maury County is an option you can consider, where you may find dental services, drug assistance or medical advice.
You might also find free std testing in the area, but may not cover all the sexually transmitted diseases and these tests could not be entirely free.