HIV/STD infections have been among the hard-hitting pandemics in Mount Vernon City in Knox County in the past few years. Efforts by the Knox County Health Department to contain the rising infection seems to have born fruits as the conditions are gradually dropping in some of the STDs.
In 2015, there were 875 cases of HIV at a rate of 19.5 per 10,000 population. The infections were mostly among women with diagnoses at a rate of 7.78 per 10,000.
In 2014 Chlamydia incidences showed 130 cases at a rate of 213.1 per 100, 000 population, which gradually dropped to 115 cases at 187.7 in 2018.
Syphilis remained constant in the same period, with one case at 1.6 reported in 2014 and 2018.
However, for Gonorrhea, the cases increased from 12 at 19.7 in 2014 to 32 cases at 52.2 in 2018. The primary constituent of this rise is MSM, IDU, heterosexual, and Perinatal contact.
Stigmatization of the MSM population in rural areas has resulted in developing high-risk sexual behaviors as a coping mechanism.
The Knox County Health Department has implemented outreach testing and counseling programs to curb rising infections. It has also integrated Expedited Partner Treatment (EPT) services in most counties’ health facilities.
Mt Vernon City has numerous sexual health clinics providing free STD testing. Still, test results may take 7 to 10 days, and the doctor’s consultation might not be available after the test due to many people seeking the same services.
For HIV/STD testing, counseling, screening, or treatment, Knox County Hospital, Fredericktown Fitness Center and Knock Public Health & Community Health Center are some of the facilities you can visit. If you prefer walk-in clinics, you may choose from Planned Parenthood-Mansfield Health Center and KCH Urgent Care Center.