In 2016, people diagnosed with HIV in Cherokee County were 98 at a rate of 236. This went up to 100 cases at a rate of 241 in 2017, and by the end of 2018, the infections had reached a high of 117 at a rate of 279.
New Chlamydia cases reported in Jacksonville, TX, were 263 in 2016 at a rate of 506.5 and decreased to 225 in 2017 at a rate of 431.2, before escalating again to 262 new infections at a rate of 498.2 in 2018.
The residents confirmed to have Gonorrhea in 2016 were 73 at a rate of 143.4, increasing gradually to 91 in 2017 at a rate of 174.4. Incidences of the bacterial STD declined to 73 in 2018 at a rate of 138.
Another STI prevalent in the county was Syphilis with 3 cases at a rate of 5.8 in both 2015 and 2016, which rose to 12 at a rate of 23.0 in 2017 and had another minor rise to 13 in 2017 at a rate of 24.7.
To lower STD/HIV infections, the Cherokee County Health Department carries out follow-ups on residents who test positive to ensure they get treatment and care as a measure to control further diseases. It also offers STD/HIV educational services to community groups, churches, as well as public and private schools.
Jacksonville, TX, is home to many health clinics that offer free STD testing services. However, prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’ve tested positive. Having an insurance cover is necessary because multiple payment methods might not be available.
Planned Parenthood – Tyler Health Center, Family First Clinic & Urgent Care, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Jacksonville, and UT Health Jacksonville are some of the healthcare providers easily accessible for comprehensive sexual health services.