The North Carolina HIV surveillance report in 2018 depicted an increase in the number of new HIV infections in Davidson County, where Lexington lies.
The county recorded 12 cases of new HIV infections at a prevalence rate of 8.6 in 2017. In 2018, the count surged to 16 at a prevalence rate of 11.3.
The chlamydia statistics depict it has the highest number of infections among other STDs. The health department recorded 692 cases at a prevalence rate of 415.3 in 2018, a significantly higher figure than the 666 new infections recorded at a prevalence rate of 402.9 in the previous year.
The number of reported gonorrhea cases as of 2017 was 282 at a prevalence rate of 170.6. In 2018, the county recorded a relatively higher number of 293 new infections at a prevalence rate of 175.9.
The number of early syphilis cases in 2017 was seven at a prevalence rate of 4.2. The figure decreased to five at a prevalence rate of 3.0 in 2018.
Primary and secondary syphilis records show eight new infections at an occurrence rate of 4.8 in 2017 and three at a prevalence rate of 1.8 in 2018. The statistics depict a slight decline in the count.
The health department in Davidson County engages in community outreach programs that offer sexual health and STD prevention education, testing, treatment, and referral services.
Davidson County Health Department and Planned Parenthood – Winston-Salem Health Center are some STD testing facilities near Lexington that you can choose.
Some individuals are eligible for free STD testing services. However, you may experience long wait times, and the results might not be immediate.