Gonorrhea rates are up, and chlamydia rates are down in both Sullivan County, which encompasses most of Kingsport, TN and Hawkins County.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) records show that chlamydia rates in Sullivan County fell from 388 reported cases in 2015 to 379 reported cases in 2016. In Hawkins County chlamydia rates dropped from 143 reported cases in 2015 to 130 reported cases in 2016.
On the other hand, gonorrhea rates rose in Sullivan County from 60 reported cases in 2015 to 63 reported cases in 2016 and increased in Hawkins County from 14 reported cases in 2015 to 18 reported cases in 2016.
While there are no reported syphilis cases in Hawkins County for 2015 or 2016, Sullivan County had 1 reported case of syphilis (all stages) which is significantly lower than 2015 rates of 6 reported syphilis cases.
Hawkins County had no reported HIV cases in 2017, but there were 7 reported HIV cases in Sullivan County in 2017.
There are several health centers in Kingsport and nearby neighborhoods that might offer HIV and STD testing, such as Sullivan County Regional Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health (Blountville), and Hope for Tennessee – Frontier Health. There are also numerous private practices that may offer STD testing, many of which are located close to I-81 and I-26.
If you prefer, you can travel 30 minutes south into Johnson City to find additional clinics that may offer STD and HIV testing, including Planned Parenthood – Johnson City Health Center, State of Franklin Healthcare Walk-In, and Agape Women’s Services.
While some clinics promote free STD testing, it’s important to realize that everyone may not qualify for free services. In addition, some clinics do not have a doctor on staff, so you may need to go to another clinic for treatment options if you test positive.