The majority of STD reported cases in Tennessee are found in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin metropolitan area. In fact, this area accounts for one-fourth of the reported chlamydia cases in the state and one-third of the reported gonorrhea and syphilis cases in the state.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2016 records, Williamson County, including Franklin, TN, had 385 reported cases of chlamydia, 47 reported cases of gonorrhea, and 9 reported cases of syphilis.
While STDs can affect people of all ages, studies show that the majority of these cases involve adolescents and young adults that are between 15 and 29 years old.
The Tennessee Department of Health records show that reported cases of HIV have steadily increased from 127 reported cases in 2016 to 128 cases in 2017 to 137 reported cases in 2018.
There are a few facilities in Franklin, TN that offer STD testing, including the Tennessee Department of Health – Franklin Clinic located right on West Main Street.
If you travel north into Nashville, you will find numerous additional clinics that offer STD and HIV testing, including Lentz Public Health Center, Planned Parenthood – Nashville Health Center, Minority AIDS Outreach, Nashville Cares, and Community Quick Care Nashville. Many of these clinics are located on Charlotte Avenue or just off I-440 and Murfreesboro Pike.
While some of these facilities offer free STD testing, you may need to meet income and resident eligibility requirements. In addition, some centers only accept walk-in appointments, which could lead to long wait times.