New Iberia, with its rich cultural history of African-American, Creole, Spanish, and French heritage, is part of the state with the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the country in 2019, Louisiana.
In Iberia Parish, the HIV prevalence rate between 2011 and 2015 increased from 133 per 100,00 to 196 per 100,000. This is still quite a bit under Louisiana’s average of 505 per 100,000. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are also particularly prevalent in New Iberia in 2019.
Louisiana is amongst the top three states when it comes to congenital syphilis, which passes from mother to infant and kills almost half of the infected babies. Congenital syphilis has seen a 154% increase between 2013 and 2019.
There are multiple public and private testing centers available for people living in New Iberia. Public testing centers include the Iberia Parish Health Unit, a public health department on 715 B Weldon St and the Saint Martin Parish Health Unit on 303 W Port St. These clinics provide HIV tests and both accept Medicaid and Medicare.
Other clinics include the Vermillion Parish Health Unit on Charity St, the Lafayette Parish Health Unit on Willow St, and the Lafayette clinic on Patterson St. The Lafayette Parish Health Unit has free condoms available.
Some clinics may offer free std testing, however there might not be a doctor on site or available on the phone. Additionally, there might not be prescriptions available if you happen to be tested positively. You may also be faced with unexpected additional costs.