Hoover, Alabama, is Birmingham’s largest suburb and could be expected to share that city’s STD rates. It is situated in two counties with starkly different STD rates. Jefferson County, which Hoover shares with Birmingham, had an HIV prevalence rate of 621.1 per 100K people in 2016; Shelby County’s was 155.4.
There are probably more people out there who haven’t been tested and don’t know they are infected. There is still a stigma around HIV, particularly directed toward gay and bisexual men, which could make people reluctant to come in for testing. But medical professionals are discreet and only want to help you.
In the Birmingham-Hoover area, 7,388 people were diagnosed with chlamydia in 2017, at a rate of 643.9 per 100K people. The gonorrhea rate was 303.8.
Hoover has a few STD-testing clinics, and there are even more options in Birmingham (and it’s often easier to find free STD testing in larger cities). AFC Urgent Care does STD testing and treatment, and they have three locations in Hoover.
The Hub, on 6th Ave in Birmingham, provides HIV screening and support for members of the LGBTQ community in particular who are or may be infected. The Pregnancy Test Center on McGuire Rd provides comprehensive testing and treatment for STIs.