Monroe, the county seat of Union County, is within the rapidly growing metropolitan area of Charlotte, Gastonia and Rock Hill in SC. In line with the increase in the population of Monroe from 26,228 in 2010 to an estimated 35,111 in 2018, there has been an increase in the rate of sexually transmitted diseases.
The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Union County in 2016 was 287. Between 2012 and 216, the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS doubled from 11 new cases and a rate of 6.7 in 2012 to 22 new cases and prevalence rate of 11.9 in 2016.
Additionally, gonorrhea and chlamydia infections are intensifying in Union County. In 2012, 492 new cases of chlamydia and 172 new cases of gonorrhea were recorded. By 2016, newly diagnosed cases have increased to 805 for chlamydia and 267 for gonorrhea.
Union County’s Health Services department offers essential STD and HIV services to residents of Monroe, including education, disease surveillance, and clinical facilities to reduce the impact of common sexually transmitted diseases.
In addition to bringing vital education and awareness to at-risk communities in Monroe, some Union County clinics provide free STD testing for the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infections. However, proof of low income might be required, and the availability of clinics may not always be consistent.
Furthermore, Monroe has health facilities that may offer treatment of STDs, such as the MinuteClinic on E Roosevelt Blvd, FastMed Urgent Care on W Roosevelt Blvd, and the First Care clinic on S Sutherland Ave.