Madisonville, the county seat of Hopkins County located in the Western Coal Fields region, has experienced a sharp decline in the number of sexually transmitted diseases reported over the past few years. From 2014 to 2016, chlamydia cases decreased from 437 cases per 100,000 residents to 273 cases per 100,000.
Moreover, in 2015, only 18 residents aged 13 years or older in Hopkins County are living with HIV. In 2009, 17 residents in Hopkins County were living with HIV, indicating the prevalence of HIV is currently fairly stable.
Additionally, gonorrhea cases in the Pennyrile area, which covers Hopkins County and surrounding communities, was at a rate of 135.5 cases per 100,000 in 2003. In 2008, the prevalence rate for gonorrhea was much lower and estimated between 0 and 4.37 per 100,000.
Hopkins County Health Department provides essential STD support services to keep STD epidemics under control, including safer sex education, HIV counseling, partner notification, and vaccines.
In addition to providing a range of STD support and prevention services, the Hopkins County Health Department also offers HIV and STD testing at its clinic on Kentucky Ave in Madisonville.
Alternative health departments, such as the Pennyrile District Health Department in Princeton, also provide testing services to Hopkins County residents.
Some of the available clinics might offer low-cost or free STD testing. However, please note that not all clinic services may be free, and there may be restrictions on how you can book the testing. Some clinics only accept appointments booked in advance, while others may only serve walk-ins.