As of 31st December 2016, Catawba County had recorded 284 cases of HIV. For three years the number of new cases of HIV reported in the county was on the low having dropped from 14 people in 2014 to 12 cases in 2015 and 10 cases in 2016.
9 people in the county were diagnosed with early syphilis in 2016 at a rate of 6.2 per 100,000 cases. Besides that, Gonorrhea incidences dropped from 128 incidences in 2012 at a rate of 82.6 per 100,000 cases to 125 incidences at a rate of 79.9 per 100,000 cases in 2016.
However, Chlamydia incidences increased from 503 in 2012 at a rate of 324.6 per 100,000 to 583 incidences in 2016 at a rate of 372.6 per 100,000 cases.
Through initiatives such as Every Teen Counts, All Together Now, Gaston Youth Connected, and Health Tomorrow Alliance, the County government hopes to see a continued decrease in STD cases among adults and adolescents.
You can access STD screening and treatment services in several facilities in Hickory and the neighboring areas.
Catawba County Public Health located in 11th Avenue and AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance on Fairgrove Church Rd are some of the clinics near you. FastMed Urgent Care in Hwy 70 is also a convenient option for Hickory residents.
Some clinics may offer subsidized or free STD testing and treatment services, but only to low- income or uninsured individuals that may have to pass some strict qualification tests for the state-funded program or the fee sliding scale option.