When states are ranked by bacterial STD rates, Arkansas is often in the top 10. The South generally has higher STD rates for many reasons. Sex education in school is often lacking, and poverty rates tend to be higher.
Budget cuts in the public health sector across the US have resulted in clinics being closed, so sometimes people have to travel to reach one. If one is poor, this may be a problem, especially if it also means missing work and not being paid for the day. Mobile clinics and free STD testing can help with this problem, but they’re not available everywhere.
In 2016, Faulkner County had an HIV prevalence rate of 143.9 per 100K people, under the Arkansas rate of 222.3. Three-quarters of the cases were men.
That same year, Faulkner County had a chlamydia rate of 550.4 per 100K people, nearly equal to the Arkansas rate of 562. The county’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 167.8 and 3.3.
The Faulkner County Health Department on Creek Dr provides STI testing, treatment, and counseling. The University of Central Arkansas offers confidential STI testing to students in its health center.
Keep an eye on the community calendars, especially around the universities. There may be free STD testing events, especially during STD Awareness Month.