Health reports on the HIV epidemic in Horry County set off alarm bells in Conway, SC. The cases escalated from 683 in 2014 to 813 in 2019.
On the other hand, Syphilis cases increased steadily from 64 at a rate of 19.9 in 2016 to 74 at 23.0 in 2017.
No matter how much the Horry County Health Department tried to eradicate Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases, the infections still skyrocketed over the past years.
From the 1,551 cases at 481.2 reported in 2016, Chlamydia incidences had surged to 1,837 at 569.9 by the end of 2017.
In the same light, Gonorrhea reached a new peak in 2017, recording 938 cases at 291 from 699 at 216.9 previously recorded in 2016.
Horry County Health Department targets to increase the diagnosis of HIV cases by 90 percent and connect those infected to medical care. It trains society to prevent new infections, more so for STDs, by setting up massive load clinics in the county to decentralize the treatment from main health facilities. The health department has also increased the availability of STD/HIV medication in these clinics.
If you are seeking STD screening, there are walk-in clinics in Conway town that may offer free STD testing during specific days of the month. However, you may be required to pay for a doctor’s consultation fee, and if you test positive, you might not receive prescriptions.
Some facilities where you can get treated for HIV/STD include Coastal Carolina University Students Health and Counseling Services and Conway Medical Center. Other options you might consider include Doctors Care- Conway 501-Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood- Coastline Women’s Center.