DeSoto County has played a part in the reported escalation of STD prevalence rates in Mississippi. In 2017, the number of people aged 13 years and above living with HIV was 261 at a prevalence rate of 191 per 100,000 population. In 2018, the number hiked to 292 at a rate of 206 per 100, 000 people.
There was a general increase in the number of STDs recorded between 2017 and 2018. In 2017, Chlamydia cases were 924 at a rate of 516.9 per 100,000 people and rose to 983 new infections at a rate of 540.1 in 2018.
For Gonorrhea, new infections in 2017 were 349 at a rate of 195.2 per 100,000 individuals, and this escalated to 386 at a rate of 212.1 in 2018. Primary and secondary Syphilis infections also saw a surge between 2017 and 2018; from 11 cases with a rate of 6.2 per 100,000 persons to 26 infections at a rate of 14.3.
DeSoto County Health Department aims at reducing the frequency of STD infections by offering extensive sexual health-care services and programs, for instance, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program avails comprehensive medical care and housing and transportation assistance to PLWHA.
HIV positive people may also receive inexpensive or free medication courtesy of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
There is a wide range of clinics that offer STD testing in Horn Lake City, for instance, Planned Parenthood – Memphis Health Center, DeSoto County Health Department, and Christ Community Health Services. Others may include Friends For Life and Fayette County Health Department.
Some facilities offer free STD testing, however, you may not receive medical prescriptions after testing positive, and you may have to endure long wait times to receive medical care.