Arkansas continues to be in an uphill battle in the management of sexually transmitted diseases amidst its spread. Chlamydia new infections have sharply increased by 22%, syphilis by 76% and gonorrhea by 67% from 2014 to 2017.
The 2019 CDC STD surveillance reports document 5,934 cases of Chlamydia new infections at 799.8 per 100,000 people in 2018 (the highest rate of infection). Gonorrhea ranked Arkansas second with 2,189 cases at 295.1 per 100,000, while congenital syphilis has alarmingly rise since 2013 with about 50% mortality rate among children infected in the womb. Arkansas has been ranked 8th among 50 states in the STD spread.
Further analysis show chlamydia as an epidemic among women. Young women of 15 to 25 years take up 76% of all new infections among women. Their vulnerability is because of early exposure, bad influence, risky behaviors and many partners.
Jacksonville City Health Authorities along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have initiated several programs for creating public awareness, education, screening and diagnosis, treatment and support services in Arkansas. This is aimed at bringing the STD rates down and have control over its spread / transmission.
Planned Parenthood, Jacksonville Health Center, and Jacksonville Center for Sexual Health near Fruit Cove are some known facilities that you can consider for STD screening, testing, and treatment services.
Alternatively, there are some clinics within the city that may offer free STD screening and testing to the public. This however, may depend on your are of residency and you might have to deal with inconsistent wait times. Moreover, the doctors might not be present on the premises or on phone.