Cookeville, TN is a hidden gem of a city tucked away in Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland region. About an hour’s drive from Nashville and home to slightly more than 32,000 permanent residents, Cookeville, TN has found favor with younger artsy and bohemian types who like the city’s small town vibe, fine farm-to-fork restaurants, coffee shops, and hip clothing boutiques.
Still, because of Cookeville’s status as a popular tourist attraction and business hub for the Upper Cumberland region (and all of Tennessee for that matter) the town is susceptible to problems that affect the entire state. According to the CDC, in 2015 Tennessee ranked 16th among all 50 states in the number of new HIV diagnosis with 712 adults and adolescents being newly diagnosed in this year.
This number is undoubtedly even higher when you consider that multiple studies have shown that at least 1 out of 7 people who are HIV positive aren’t even aware of their status.
The rates for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis in Tennessee -though not as high as other states- are higher than the national average. In Putnam county where Cookeville is located, there were 424 cases of STD reported so far in 2019, which is nearly 3 times greater than the best performing counties of comparable size.
Residents in Cookeville, TN face the same risk for STDs that those in larger cities face.
New Horizons Center for Women Health is one walk-in clinic in Cookeville, TN that provides testing for the most common STDs as well as HPV, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and other sexually transmitted infections.
Med Pro Connect also has a location in Cookeville.
Although other clinics and community outreach organizations in the area may be able offer free std testing in certain cases, this still may not include testing for all of the potential diseases.