A rising trend of HIV cases was noted in the county health reports. The infections rose from 149 at a rate of 113 in 2014 to 180 at a rate of 123 in 2018.
There was also an increment of Syphilis infections from 70 at a rate of 6.0 in 2013 to 167 at a rate of 13.1 by the end of 2017. The 2017 report noted that men accounted for almost 90 percent of the Syphilis infections.
Chlamydia was the most dominant STI in the county. A total number of 5,779 infections at a rate of 452.5 were reported in 2017, which was an increase from 4,590 at a rate of 395.5 in 2013.
Gonorrhea infections were moderate in the county with the numbers rising steadily from 891 at a rate of 76.8 in 2013 to 1,705 at a rate of 133.5 in 2017.
To eradicate STD/HIV infections, individuals must first know their health status. The Sumner County Department of Health has managed to include HIV testing as part of routine medical care, and this includes baseline HIV testing of every adolescent and adult.
Moore Life Urgent Care and Planned Parenthood – Nashville Health Center are among the health care facilities in Gallatin that residents access STD/HIV service without booking an appointment. Additionally, residents could also consider Sumner Regional Medical Center or Saint Thomas Heart – Gallatin.
Residents may be lucky to get free STD testing in some of the hospitals. However, most the free tests are not exhaustive, and there may be inconsistencies in the hours and days of operation of the clinic.