Dublin is a census-designated city in and the county seat of Laurens County. Health officials at the county level noted an undulation in the rate of new HIV infections in 2015, 2017, and 2019. The rate of infection in 2015 was 164, and in 2017, it had grown to 194.
However, a decrease was noted in 2019, where the rate of new infections was 167 in every 100,000 individuals.
On the other hand, there was a significant increase in the incidence rate of new Syphilis infections between 2016 and 2018. Reports indicated that there were only eight new infections in 2016 while 2018 had 12 new cases.
Additionally, there was a significant rise in Gonorrhea diagnoses between 2016 and 2018. There were 85 new cases in 2016, 95 new infections in 2017, and in 2018, a total of 115 new infections were recorded.
Furthermore, a fluctuation was noted in the number of new Chlamydia infections reported in 2016, 2017, and 2018. According to public health reports, there were 297 new infections in 2016, 292 in 2017, and 315 in 2018.
With the irregular pattern observed in HIV/STD incidence rates within Laurens County, public health officials have implemented effective testing, treatment, and prevention programs, focusing on at-risk individuals, such as commercial sex workers. They utilize HIV/STD reporting and surveillance, free condom distributions, improved access to sexual education, and partner notification and support programs to lower the infections.
Apart from the Accordia Urgent Care & Family Practice, you may receive low-cost to free STD testing at The After Owls, ABC Women’s Clinic, and the Laurens County Health Department.
However, you may have to wait in line for hours, and after testing, some clinics may provide the results after a few days.