Jacksonville, a city in Morgan County, has experienced a gradual decrease in HIV infections over the past few years. The HIV prevalence rates have decreased from 55 to 21 per 100,000 individuals, a decrease of over 61.8 % in 7 years, from 2014 to 2020.
The rate of Chlamydia infections in the county has fluctuated, with an increase from 419.2 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 461.4 per 100,000 individuals in 2015, followed by a decrease to 371.3 per 100,000 persons in 2017. However, there was an upward surge in the rate of infections in 2018 to 509.2 per 100,000 individuals.
Gonorrhea rates have also fluctuated, decreasing from 101.3 in 2014 to 73.1 per 100,000 persons in 2016, followed by a slight increase in 2017 to 98.5 per 100,000 individuals. The rate of infections decreased slightly to 73.1 per 100,000 in 2018.
Syphilis rates also fluctuated over the past few years, increasing from nil in 2014 to 2.8 per 100,000 persons in 2016 and 2017.
Morgan County Health Department has implemented programs to promote the health of city dwellers in Jacksonville and the county in general, including lowering the rates of STD/HIV infections. It advocates for funding initiatives to ensure that youths and at-risk individuals such as men who have sex with other men and commercial sex workers have easy access to STD/HIV testing, counseling, and medication.
Planned Parenthood – Springfield Health Center, Springfield Clinic Urgent Care Jacksonville, and Passavant Area Hospital are some of the medical facilities where clients can access quality STD/HIV testing services.
You could also visit some hospitals in the city for free STD testing, but you may have to book an appointment.