Arkansas has some of the highest STD rates in the country, and budget cuts in the public health sector are not helping the problem. Clinics are having to close down, meaning some people have to travel longer distances to find a clinic.
For someone who is poor, this is a big problem, especially if they have to miss work and don’t have a car. Because of this, many people go untested and diseases go untreated. Mobile clinics and free STD testing can help with this problem, but those are not available everywhere.
In 2016, Sebastian County had an HIV prevalence rate of 198.3 per 100K people, a bit below Arkansas’s rate of 222.3.
That same year, Sebastian County’s chlamydia rate was 456.3 per 100K people, in comparison with the state’s average of 562. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 146.3 and 5.5.
You can find free STD testing at the county level. Keep in mind that public clinics often have long waits, increasing the likelihood that someone will see you there. You can explore other options if this bothers you. The Baptist Health Center for Infectious Disease also provides STI testing and treatment.