Jackson, Tennessee is the 41st most sexually diseased city in the US. In general, the South has higher STD rates for various reasons. Sex education is often lacking, and poverty rates are often higher, which results in less access to health care.
Sometimes, transportation to a clinic can be a problem for someone from a low-income area. Mobile clinics and free STD testing can help with this problem, but people often don’t suspect they are infected. The only way to make sure you are free from STIs is to get tested regularly.
In 2016, the HIV prevalence rate in Madison County was 297.7 per 100K people, just a bit above the Tennessee rate of 290.4. But the bacterial STDs are the main problems.
In 2016, Madison County’s chlamydia rate was 741.7 per 100K people, far above Tennessee’s rate of 489.4. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 246.9 and 11.3.
You can be tested for STIs at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department on North Pkwy. There are not many STD-testing clinics in Jackson.