Gretna is a city in and the seat of Jefferson Parish. Over the past few years, there has been a steady increase in HIV infections in the parish from 1,439 in 2013 to 1,853 per 100,000 individuals reported in 2020.
There has also been an upward surge in Chlamydia infections from 2,042 recorded in 2012 to 3,163 in 2018. In 2014 there were 2616 cases of Chlamydia incidents, where 65.4% were African Americans.
The number of Syphilis infections quadrupled from 12 cases in 2012 to 50 in 2018. A high number of these cases occurred in males, both African American and Whites. This could be attributed to an increase in the number of men who have sex with other men, raising the risk of contracting and spreading the infection.
The public health department in Jefferson Parish runs a comprehensive STD/HIV Program that entails reporting, testing, counseling, and STD awareness campaigns during community outreach events. The program’s supportive services are tailored to people living with HIV/AIDS and STD. Through the program, patients can access quality referrals and linkage to specialized care, including medication and advanced therapy.
City dwellers in need of STD/HIV screening services can easily visit medical facilities such as Planned Parenthood – New Orleans Health Center, Expressway Urgent Care, and Omega Hospital.
You could also access free STD services in several clinics in the Gretna city; however, doctors’ might not be available on site or on phone, and you may have to book an appointment to receive free test.