Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and a city in Jefferson County. The county, regarded as a health district on its own, saw a decrease in new HIV infections recorded between 2018 and 2019.
There were 145 HIV cases reported in 2018 at a prevalence of 21.99 whereas in 2019, there were 113 new infections recorded at 17.1.
However, public health officials at the county level observed an increase in new Syphilis cases from 136 in 2014 to 140 in 2015.
Moreover, STD surveillance records depicted an undulation in the number of Chlamydia incidences made in 2014, 2015, and 2016. A total of 2,494 new infections were reported to the county’s public health office in 2014, 2,465 in 2015, and by 2016 the number had risen to 2,946.
Furthermore, according to public health records dating back to 2014 and 2016, there was an increase in Gonorrhea diagnoses. In this case, there were 805 new cases in 2014 and 1,180 in 2016.
Jefferson County Health Departments works to reduce the prevalence rate of HIV/STD infections in the region through persistent sensitization of high-risk negatives, such as MSM and sex workers. The public health officials coordinate prevention activities in high-risk areas, such as bars and prisons and bridge communication gaps with the target audiences using chat rooms, focus groups, and panel discussions.
For HIV/STD screening, treatment, and preventative options, you can visit the Planned Parenthood – Birmingham Health Center, It’s About Time Urgent Care – Walk-In Medical Clinic, Jefferson County Department of Health, and American Family Care Pelham.
However, it would help if you were informed that some clinics offering free STD testing might have long wait times and inconvenient operation hours.