In 2018, Spalding County, Georgia had 159 HIV cases and an HIV prevalence rate of 301 per every 100,000 people. Furthermore, in 2016, Spalding County had an overall STD prevalence rate of 532.4 for every 100,000 people. In addition, Chlamydia was the most widespread STD in 2016, with 341 diagnosed cases and a prevalence rate of 532.4 infections for every 100,000 people.
Gay or bisexual men, as well as men who have sex with other men, have the highest rates of syphilis and HIV co-infection.
Spalding County, Georgia has many locations that offer STD testing. The Georgia Department of Public Health (District 4 Public Health) on Memorial Drive as well as the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital on South 8th Street offers STD testing to county residents.
The WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital offers walk-in services and an appointment is never needed. This hospital also offers several different STD tests including HIV/Aids testing. Patients can receive lab results as well as prescriptions for medication if they test positive for an STD.
Free STD testing may be offered at different locations in the county for people who qualify. However, some of these locations may offer a limited number of tests and the test results may not be comprehensive. Plus, some locations may have limited or inconvenient hours and may not allow advanced scheduling for appointments.
In addition, some locations may not provide medical consultations or prescriptions for medication and some test may require upfront fees.