Greenwood, AL, is a neighborhood in Bessemer, located in Jefferson County. Over the past few years, the rate of HIV infections has remained relatively constant, prevailing at 3,408 and 3,414 per 100,000 individuals, respectively. The rate of infection in both 2018 and 2019 was 3,383.
The county is in the Jefferson Public Health District, which reported a 25.1% increase in Chlamydia infections, from 4,292 in 2016 to 5,371 in 2019.
The public health district’s officials also noted a spike in Gonorrhea infections from 1,713 in 2016 to 2,857 in 2018 and a 2.6% drop to 2,783 cases in the following year.
Cases of primary and secondary Syphilis infections showed fluctuations, doubling from 57 in 2016 to 110 in 2018, before a 45.5% decrease to 60 cases in 2019.
The Alabama Health Department, through its Division of STD Prevention and Control and the Office of HIV Prevention and Care, coordinates with community partners to lower the incidence of HIV/STDs in the public health districts and counties. Its officials seek to improve the quality of life for PLWHA and foster referral systems, thus linking patients to quality treatment and prevention services. Additionally, the department conducts comprehensive awareness campaigns to improve public understanding of HIV and STIs.
Planned Parenthood – Birmingham Health Center, Middle Creek Medical Center LLC, American Family Care McCalla, and Medical West are accessible to residents in the Greenwood area for quality STD/HIV testing services.
Some local clinics offer free STD testing services, but doctor consultation might not be available, and walk-in options might not exist.