The number of HIV infections in Knox County, home to Concord town, dropped from 874 at a rate of 240 in 2014 to 739 at a rate of 191 in 2018.
Chlamydia was the most common STI found among Concord town residents. The number escalated from 1,857 at a rate of 417.9 in 2013 to reach the peak of 2,600 at a rate of 562.9 by the end of 2017.
Gonorrhea infections multiplied over the years from 510 infections at a rate of 114.4 reported in 2013 to reach a total of 1,333 at a rate of 288.6 in 2017.
Despite its lower number in the county, Syphilis infections still rose steadily over the years from just 49 cases at a rate of 11.0 reported in 2013 to reach the high of 103 at a rate of 22.3 in 2017.
Knox County Department of Health is working closely with other health care providers to reduce the number of HIV/STD infections by introducing education and awareness programs to reach both the infected and the high risks groups.
To access STD/HIV services, Concord residents may visit some of the medical clinics in Concord town like Tennova Hospitalist Group and Turkey Creek Medical Center. Urgent Care Family and Planned Parenthood – Knoxville Health Center are also some of the options they can consider.
Residents who need free HIV/STD services may be lucky to find them in some of the medical centers. However, the waiting times may be inconsistent and results may be delivered in one to two weeks because some of these centers may not have onsite laboratories.