The Palmetto State is the 7th most sexually diseased state in the US, with a gonorrhea rate of 187.8 per 100K people in 2016. However, the Myrtle Beach area has much lower HIV rates than much of the state.
In 2017, 81 people in Horry County were diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, up from 55 cases in 2016, at a rate of 25.1 per 100K people. That year, there were 802 people living with HIV or AIDS in Horry County.
Also in 2017, there were 1,837 chlamydia cases, at a rate of 569.9 per 100K people. While lower than South Carolina’s rate of 629.4, those numbers are much too high. The gonorrhea rate was 291, higher than the South Carolina rate and going up fast.
Health officials recommend that all sexually active individuals always use protection and get tested regularly.
There are a few STD-testing clinics in Myrtle Beach. At least one family clinic offers free STD testing to those who can prove their inability to pay.
The South Carolina Department of Health’s Myrtle Beach Clinic on 21st Ave does STD testing. Little River Medical Center offers confidential HIV testing and counseling, and they have two locations in Myrtle Beach. They also offer confidential STI services for teens.