Masonboro, NC, is a census-designated place in New Hanover County. In recent years, the county has shown fluctuations in the HIV prevalence rate, decreasing from 17.2 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 11.4 in the following year and 13.7 in 2019.
Individuals diagnosed with Chlamydia infections increased gradually from 507.2 in 2015 to 554.9 per 100,000 individuals in 2019. In 2016 and 2018, new diagnoses prevailed at a rate of 520.9 and 523.6, respectively.
There was an escalation in the rate of Gonorrhea infections from 163.6 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 to 211.7 in 2016, followed by a decline to 166.6 in 2018. An incidence rate of 185.5 reported in 2019 represented an 11.3% increase from the rate of infections in 2018.
Data from the North Carolina Electronic Disease Surveillance System depicted a gradual decrease in the county’s annual rate of early Syphilis infections from 22.7 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 21.5 and 18.8 in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The local health department in New Hanover County, through its STD/HIV programs, provides quality clinical services, sexual health education and awareness, and surveillance to keep track of infection cases and reduce their spread. It also educates health care providers on quality clinical practices, including contemporary test methods, risk-reduction counseling, and partner notification services.
Planned Parenthood – Wilmington Health Center, Port City Family Practice and Urgent Care, and New Hanover Regional Medical Center are some of the clinics offering quality STD/HIV testing services.
Some hospitals in the census-designated place offer free STD testing, but you may be charged extra for doctor consultation, and people will know why you’re there.