Cullman, AL, is among the largest and developing cities in Cullman County. Due to its high population, it has been experiencing an increase in HIV/STD infections. For instance, HIV cases rose from 40 in 2015 to 54 in 2020.
The health department’s data reported a hike of Chlamydia cases from 121 in 2014 to 231 in 2015. However, the cases slightly dropped to 125 by the end of June 2016.
The county health officials in Cullman County noted a fluctuation of Gonorrhea infections from 8 to 29 cases between January through June 2014-2015, but the incidents dropped to 15 in 2016.
Syphilis cases among persons residing in Cullman city reduced from four cases to one case according to data recorded from January through June 2015 to 2016.
To lower the rate of HIV/STD infections in the county, the Cullman County Health Department utilizes the NHAS and HighImpact Prevention (HIP) approach to reduce new infections by using scientific interventions directed to the vulnerable people and areas where HIV prevalence is highest. It also encourages every 15 to 25 years old person in the county to have an STD test annually.
Several clinics are located within Cullman, AL, such as Planned Parenthood Birmingham Health Center and Cullman Urgent Care, where residents can access HIV/STD services. Other medical centers include Cullman Regional Medical Center and Decatur Morgan Hospital.
Residents may access free STD testing in some medical facilities, but costs might not be upfront, and extra charges might be required for a doctor’s consultation.