Indian Trail, NC is a suburb of Charlotte with a rich history and sense of community. Recently, this area has seen an upswing in the prevalence rates of STDs and HIV that were once receding.
In fact, during the five years from 2013 to 2017, STD prevalence rates rose by 23.8%. This is in excess of North Carolina’s increase of only 8.6% meaning that more people per capita in Indian Trail contracted STDs than throughout the entire state.
The prevalence rates for HIV also increased although not as drastically as those for STDs. They also did not surpass the state increase of 7.2%. Indian Trail saw a 4.6% increase instead.
“As STDs go, Indian Trail and all of Union County are sliding backward. Years of declining STD rates, we are seeing a resurgence that may lead to a severe health crisis for our community.”
There are several clinics in the area surrounding Indian Trail, NC where STD and HIV screenings can be done. Many of these may also offer treatment and support resources as well.
First, is the Union County Health Department. It can be found on Concord Avenue in Monroe and offers services for all who live in Union County, which includes Indian Trail.
Next, is the Charlotte Health Center. This branch of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic offers a number of services and can be found at their new location in Kingsview Medical Center on South Torrence Street in the Cherry area of Charlotte.
Charlotte is also where the Carolinas CARE Partnership is located. Their offices in Idlewild Farms provide a number of services that may include HIV and STD testing.
Often, clinics offer free STD testing that may seem ideal but often have a number of unexpected negatives. For instance, there may be no walk-in option, no doctor on-site, or result may not be immediate. It is important to know what “free” means.