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Germantown, Tennessee

Germantown, Tennessee is a suburb in Shelby county that borders the large city of Memphis. It borders Memphis to the eastern-southeastern portion of the city. The suburb is built around the original “Old Germantown” that features a 1948 reproduction of the original 1868 train depot. Germantown, TN has a strong retail and commercial economy. It hosts many horse shows and festivals each year. The parks in Germantown are accredited by the Arbor Day Foundation.  It is also known for having the lowest crime rate in Tennessee.

While there are many aspects to Germantown that are positive, Shelby county is known for having one of the highest sexually transmitted infection rates. Even more alarming is the fact that there are a high number of teens that are infected after having multiple sexual partners. While there are clearly issues to be taken care of, there are many resources for those impacted by STI’s and HIV / AIDS.

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As opposed to other areas throughout the Unites States, the age demographic in Germantown affected by STI’s tends to be much younger. The Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Shelby County Health Department have stated that more than 22% of teens between 9th grade and 12th grade in Shelby County have had multiple sexual partners. This has resulted in staggering numbers of STI and HIV cases within the county.

The HIV rate in Shelby County for youth 15 to 19-year olds has also risen to a staggering 39 per 100,000. In 2014, it was 25.5. In 2015, 5,091 people were living with HIV within the county. 4,141 of those were Black, non-Hispanic. Males were the greatest gender demographic impacted.

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia rates are also some of the highest in the country. In 2015 there were 8,105 Chlamydia cases in Shelby county. Black, non-Hispanics were the ethnic demographic most impacted. Specifically, females aged 20-24.

Gonorrhea rates were also incredibly high. In 2014, there 2,183 cases reported within the county. Of those cases, the demographic most impacted were Black, non-Hispanics. Specifically, males aged 20-24.

P & S Syphilis was a bit lower as far as cases reported. In 2014 there were only 78 cases reported. Of those cases, a majority were Black, non-Hispanics. Specifically, males aged 20-24.

The Shelby County Health Department suggests that anyone who has been exposed to HIV be tested every three months for one year. The county provides several clinics that test for both HIV / AIDS and STI’s. These are located throughout the city of Germantown along with locations in Memphis that serve the suburb as well.

Graph of syphilis rates in germantown tennessee from 2014

STD Testing and Sexual Education in Germantown, TN

Sexual health education has seen an uneasy history in Tennessee. There has been vague wording within legislation as to how to teach sexual health education within schools. Many of Tennessee’s school districts have developed and taught their own curriculum. While legislation suggests that schools emphasize abstinence outside of marriage, many schools have not enforced this. Most schools are teaching Comprehensive Sex Education or CSE. Rather than teaching abstinence, CSE focuses on methods in which to reduce the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. In some areas, teens are taught with anatomically correct models how to engage in a variety of different types of sex.

A newer bill known as SB1305/HB1352 implements a totally unified, abstinence based curriculum of sex education. It teaches medically sound information and provided students with the benefits of sustaining from non-marital sexual activity. It also provides the parents of minors the right to protest if a teacher violates this new law. This new law has been written because of Tennessee’s high STI and HIV rates. Many educators are unhappy with the new law as they believe the language is vague pertaining to what they can and cannot teach.

Outside the classroom there are places that students can receive accurate and medically sound information. One such location is the Family Planning Clinic. This clinic is provided by the Memphis and Shelby County Public Health Department. This clinic provides protection, examination and educational material. Their fees are based on a sliding scale and are separate from Health Services.

There is also a Planned Parenthood in Memphis. It is a 23-minute drive from Germantown. This location also provides condoms for individuals. They also have educational material within their office. They encourage visitors to make appointments online before visiting in order to accommodate as many people as possible.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in Germantown, TN

The strongest correlation between STI’s and a specific demographic is the poverty level of White, non-Hispanics and the number of cases for this group. White, non-Hispanics make up over 60% of the population living in poverty. 1,375 White, non-Hispanics are living in poverty while there were 587 White, non-Hispanics living with HIV.

White, non-Hispanics also are paid less than the group described as “Two or more races.” While this group makes $99,633 a year, White, non-Hispanics make only $77,747 a year. Black, non-Hispanics come in third as making only $48,428 a year. This could suggest that the low income of Black, non-Hispanics results in higher cases of STI cases.

There could also be a correlation between the fact that more women graduated than men in 2015 and the fact that men make up greatest amount of STI cases. There were 8,699 females graduates as opposed to only 5,400 male graduates. Across the board there are men reported as having STI’s and HIV / AIDS then there are women. However, despite having more graduates, women overall were more unemployed and poorer than men.

Finally, there could be a correlation between the fact that men are less likely to receive medical insurance then women are. The only age demographic that this varies in are those 65 years old and older and ages 6-17 where coverage is nearly equal. Lack of insurance could mean an increase in cases due to the fact that individuals are not receiving treatment.

STI Testing Resources in Germantown, TN

There are many locations near Germantown, Tennessee that offer STI testing. It is generally recommended that you call ahead to confirm whether you will be required to make an appointment. However, you usually can just walk in. When you call you can also verify that they offer the test you require. Most clinics also take mainstream insurance plans, but it is recommended you confirm they take yours as well. If they do not take your insurance, or if you do not have insurance many places will work to accommodate you in some way.

First, there is a MedPost Urgent Care located in Germantown. They are open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. They offer comprehensive testing for HIV and STI’s.

There is a Planned Parenthood located in Memphis which is a 24-minute drive from Germantown. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment online. They are opened Mondays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Wednesday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. They are also opened on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Prices range from $72 to $450.

This Planned Parenthood accepts a wide variety of insurances- all of which are listed on their website. They test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia using urine samples. Most of their STI tests also require a genital exam. Rapid HIV testing can be done by swabbing the inside of the patient’s mouth and with results in as little as 20 minutes. They offer counseling for those whose tests come back positive.

There is a Wellness First, Inc. location in Memphis which is a 9-minute drive from Germantown. They are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Mondays through Fridays. This is one of the most liked locations in Memphis for testing.

There is also an AnyLabTest Now location within Memphis. They provide a comprehensive STI panel, tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, HIV, and Syphilis. Appointments can be made over the phone and are confidential. They also offer educational resources on their website. They are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Mondays through Fridays, and from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays.

Better Sexual Health in Germantown, TN

Germantown and the surrounding areas have seen an increase in STI’s and HIV over the last several years. This could be in part over the lack of consistent and widespread sexual health education in the state of Tennessee. While there is no Planned Parenthood within the city limits of Germantown, there is a center in nearby Memphis. Demographics and statistics suggest that African Americans are most likely to contract an STI. Additionally, Shelby County has seen some of the youngest cases of STI’s. Regardless of the statistics, the best way to prevent STI’s is to either remain abstinent or practice safe sex with your partner. Germantown also provides several online resources that help educate about STI’s. One of which is: https://tn.gov/health/topic/STD-professionals.  As always, if you believe you have contracted an STI, please search out a testing center and seek treatment.

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