The rate of HIV cases reported in Jackson county was 8.5 per 100,000 population in 2014, which slightly increased to 9.8 per 100,000 people in 2018. The low number of HIV infections was the result of measures by Jackson County Public Health Department that prevented the spread of the infections in the county.
Syphilis cases were also reported at the rate of 4.3 in 2014. They drastically shot up to 14.7 in 2018.
Gonorrhea cases in Jackson County were 187 at a rate of 132.5 in 2014, and they increased to 254 at a rate of 77.3 in 2018.
Chlamydia was the most rampant STD rampant in Jackson County. 621 infections were recorded in 2014 and they increased to 722 in 2018.
Jackson County Public Health Department strives to reduce the increasing number of STDs in the county by providing free and confidential testing. With community organizations’ help, the county health department creates awareness on HIV/STDs transmission, prevention, testing, and treatment through providing education in schools and youth workshops.
For free STD testing, you may access the services in numerous health clinics in Ocean Springs, MS, but prescriptions for after-test care might not be available if you’re tested positive, and the clinics may be limited in locations.
Planned Parenthood- Hattiesburg Health Center and Alpha Care Urgent Care are among the healthcare facilities that provide testing and screening for STDs and HIV. You can consider booking an appointment in other hospitals, such as Ocean Springs Hospital and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport to check your sexual health.