STD rates, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, are increasing in cities across the nation, and the city of Greenwood, South Carolina, in Greenwood County is no exception. While the county did see a slight decrease in STD rates from 2015 to 2016, these numbers rose again in 2017.
Chlamydia rates, for example, decreased from 579 newly reported cases in 2015 to 573 cases in 2016. However, the number of new chlamydia cases rose by more than 7 percent in 2017, with the number of newly reported cases jumping to 615 cases.
Gonorrhea rates also fell and then rose again, as the number of newly reported cases decreased from 189 cases in 2015 to 158 cases in 2016, only to rise to 211 cases in 2017. While syphilis rates declined from 23 newly reported cases in 2015 to 17 cases in 2016, they increased slightly to 20 cases in 2017, which still represents a three-year low.
CDC reports show that HIV rates in Greenwood County dropped from 17.1 cases per 100,000 people in 2016 to 10.2 cases per 100,000 people in 2017.
There are a few medical facilities in Greenwood, South Carolina, that might offer STD testing, such as UFC Urgent Care and Greenwood County Health Department. In addition, many private doctor offices and medical centers may provide STD or HIV testing. Many of these facilities are located just off Epting Avenue or Heritage Trail.
Greenwood residents can also travel north into Anderson to find additional testing locations. Healthcare and urgent care centers like Redi Care, Andersson Free Clinic, MEDcare Urgent Care, AnMED Health Cornerstone, and Paradigm Medical Services may also offer STD and HIV testing options.
Some clinics may promote free STD testing options, but free services don’t always include comprehensive testing options and test results may not be immediate. In addition, you may need to meet specific income requirements to qualify for free services.