HIV incidences in Knox County reduced from 897 cases at a rate of 239 in 2017 to 729 at 191 in 2018. Chlamydia, on the other hand, increased from a rate of 440.1 in 2017 to 482.6 in 2018. The infections were identified mostly in the female population.
Gonorrhea was another frequent reported STD in Knox County after Chlamydia. There were 855 cases in 2018 that steadily went up to 934 cases in 2019.
Despite the increase in other STIs, Syphilis showed a downward trend from 73 infections in 2018 to 69 cases in 2019.
Knox County Health Department initiates a tracing process that encourages sexual partners to come out and get tested and treated if they test positive. The health department also has an STD program that encourages screening, education, and counseling to prevent more STD/HIV infections. Apart from encouraging testing and treatment, Knox County Health department targets the youth who are 24 years and below vulnerable to infections.
Hardin Valley, TN, has multiple health care where you can access free STD testing. However, not all STD tests may be free, and the test might be dependent on income and welfare eligibility.
Hardin Valley also has numerous health facilities that provide sexual health services, such as Planned Parenthood – Knoxville Health Center and North Urgent Care. Apart from the two, the Unincorporated Community also has hospitals Primary Care Tennessee and Hardin Valley Internal Medicine which are easy to access in case you want to be tested and screened for HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea.