On a list of the most sexually diseased cities in the US, Dothan ranks as #75. In general, Alabama has some of the highest STD rates in the country. But they’re working to reduce those rates through programs that include free STD testing and expedited partner treatment.
Health officials stress that all sexually active people should use protection every time and get tested often, even if they are not experiencing symptoms. Most STIs are asymptomatic in the early stages but go on to do irreversible damage to the body.
In 2016, Houston County had an HIV prevalence rate of 366.5 per 100K people, above Alabama’s rate of 309.9.
That same year, the county had a chlamydia rate of 158.4 per 100K people, which is much lower than Alabama’s rate of 553.6 (health officials credit the county’s awareness campaigns). Houston County’s gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 66.2 and 3.8.
There is STD testing available at AFC Urgent Care on Murphy Mill Rd. There is free HIV testing available at a local nonprofit and free STD testing at the county level.
Keep in mind that public clinics tend to have long wait times, and someone may see you waiting. If this bothers you, you may want to explore other options. The Women’s Medical Center at Ross Clark Cir also does STI testing and treatment.