Gautier is a census-designated city in Jackson County. HIV infections have been steadily increasing according to the HIV surveillance data collected in 2016 and 2017. The county reported 10 new infections at a prevalence rate of 7.1 per 100,000 in 2016 and 14 cases at 9.8 in every 100,000 individuals in 2017.
Health officials in the county noted that the number of new Chlamydia infections fluctuated in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2018, they recorded 722 cases at a rate of 503.9 and noted a decrease in 2017, where they recorded 687 cases at a prevalence of 483.3. This value then rose to 722 new infections at 503.9 in 2018.
That aside, a significant drop in Gonorrhea diagnoses was observed in 2017 and 2018. There were 387 newly infected persons in 2018 and 254 cases at 177.3 in 2018.
Moreover, there was an upward trend in the number of new Syphilis infections recorded between 2016 and 2018. Syphilis infections stood at 10 at a prevalence of 7.1 per 100,000 individuals in 2016, and by 2018, public health officials recorded 21 cases at 14.7.
STD/HIV infections have been on the rise within Jackson County, an issue that has prompted local governments to embrace the need to coordinate effective STD/HIV prevention programs with the help of state funds. Some health departments have adopted state-funded high-impact prevention programs that entail free condom distribution, comprehensive STD/HIV prevention education and training, rapid HIV testing for at-risk persons, and access to PrEP regimens.
Within Jackson County, residents can visit the Planned Parenthood – Mobile Health Center, Fast Pace Health Urgent Care Gautier, Singing River Medical Clinic – Ocean Springs, and the Mississippi State Department of Health – Jackson County Health Department.
However, you may spend a long time on the waiting line in some clinics while in others, your anonymity is not always guaranteed since they may be offering low-cost or free STD testing exclusively.