Elizabethtown, the seat of Hardin County, Kentucky, had an upsurge of HIV infections from 92 cases at a rate of 115 in 2013 to 94 at a rate of 107 per 100,000 persons in 2019.
In 2008, the rate of Gonorrhea infections in the county was estimated to be at a rate of 48.6 per 100,000 persons, with 65 percent of the cases being in the male population. There were also minimal Syphilis infections at a rate of 2.31 per 100,000 individuals in 2008, as a result of fewer cases of men having sex with men.
Chlamydia infections were predominant among the city residents, with a worrying rate of 200.82 per 100,000 persons in 2008. The infections were notably higher among teenagers and young adults who had 85 percent of the infections.
Harding County Health Department fund agencies to provide low-cost to free STD screening and vaccinations among vulnerable groups. It has also expanded education facilities and provides ongoing education, training, and development activities to healthcare providers. Moreover, it has also enrolled individuals infected with STI/HIV for coordinated care services.
Visitors and residents in Elizabethtown can access STD testing services from the many clinics located in the city, such as Urgent Care Center-Elizabethtown and the Community Health Clinic. Alternatively, they can visit the Planned Parenthood-Louisville Health Center and Bluegrass Women’s Healthcare.
Free STD testing is available in some clinics; however, some of the clinics might not accommodate walk-ins, and they may also lack multiple modes of payment.