There are 228.2 cases of HIV per 100,000 people in Knoxville alone. There are also currently 2,420 reported cases of Chlamydia, and 939 cases of Gonorrhea. Syphilis is also on the rise.
According to the Knox County Health Department, teens and young women are the most at risk, which is why testing is so important for these and other demographics.
Public testing centers are available, including Planned Parenthood on Cherry Street, where you can find complete health care for men and women. Teens can have their questions answered, though parental permission is required for any treatments that might be needed.
There are also private testing options you can take advantage of that can be found on Kingston Pike, Painter Avenue, and other various locations. Most of these locations are also on public bus routes so getting there might be easier than you think.
The city and Knox County Health Departments can also help with free STD testing for residents that might not be able to afford their health screening. Simply call or visit their websites to see if you qualify and if there is a testing center near you.
Stop worrying about your health and get tested; then, enjoy everything the city has to offer.