What are the STI test options in Hattiesburg,MS?
On a list of the most sexually diseased cities in the US, Hattiesburg ranks #31. One reason for this could be Camp Shelby, a US National Guard training base (active military bases tend to drive up the STD rates in their counties). But health officials are also concerned about young people contracting STIs.
Forrest County has an abstinence-only sex education curriculum, which tends to leave young people unaware of how to protect themselves if they do decide to have sex. Condom use in general has decreased in the US in recent years, and many young people don’t use them. And they often don’t realize they can contract STIs through oral sex.
In 2016, Forrest County had an HIV prevalence rate of 629 per 100K people, well above Mississippi’s rate of 383. The same year, Forrest County had a chlamydia rate of 1,036.3 per 100K people, also well above the state average of 672.1. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 371.3 and 27.7.
You may be able to get free STD testing at the county level, but you will probably need to show proof of your income to see if you qualify. There is also a Planned Parenthood on S 27th Ave. They test for STIs and treat all except HIV, and the fee is on a sliding scale. The Moffitt Health Center provides STI testing at a low cost to University of Southern Mississippi students.
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- Please contact the individual public clinic to confirm pricing. Test pricing at public clinics many times depend on income and welfare eligibility.