One of the biggest problems currently facing Kannapolis, NC, in Cabarrus and Rowan counties, is the high levels of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The most commonly reported STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes, and HIV/AIDs.
By the end of 2017, there were 454 and 330 people diagnosed and living with the HIV in Cabarrus and Rowan counties, respectively. This is according to the North Carolina HIV/STD/Hepatitis Surveillance Report released in 2017.
The report also revealed that there were 10 and 26 newly diagnosed early syphilis infections in 2015 in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties respectively. In 2017, Rowan County’s syphilis cases increased to 18 while those of Cabarrus County reduced to 21.
2013 saw Cabarrus and Rowan counties record 150 and 244 cases of gonorrhoea respectively. By 2017, the cases in Cabarrus County had spiked to 255 while those in Rowan County had also increased to the same number.
A program that seeks to reduce the cases of STDs reported in North Carolina is the North Carolina HIV/STD Prevention and Care. It provides testing and treatment services to the residents of Kannapolis, NC.
Those living within Cabarrus and Rowan counties may get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at the Rowan County Health Department. STD tests are also available at the Community Care Clinic of Rowan and the Cabarrus Health Alliance in Kannapolis.
Free STD testing services might be provided at some health centers nearby. Although, the walk-in option may be unavailable. Also, they might look at your income and welfare eligibility to determine whether you are qualified for the tests or not.