What are the STI test options in Oxford,MS?
Mississippi has some of the highest STD rates in the country, and health officials are worried. Medical professionals at Ole Miss say that the student population accounts for many of the STD cases in Oxford, and they say that a lack of sex education is a big factor, as is mixing alcohol or drugs with sex, which results in bad choices.
Women 24 years old and younger make up about half of the chlamydia cases in Mississippi. Chlamydia is asymptomatic in its early stages, but can cause infertility if left undetected and untreated. That’s why it’s so important for sexually active people to be tested regularly, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms.
In 2017, Lafayette County had 431 cases of chlamydia, at a rate of 792.7 per 100K people, a bit higher than Mississippi’s rate of 708.7. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 180.2 and 3.7. The same year, 9 people were diagnosed with HIV.
There are only a few STD-testing clinics in Oxford, including an option for free STD testing at the county level, but you may need to make an appointment; the university also has free HIV testing for students on Wednesdays only.
The University of Mississippi’s V.B. Harrison Health Center offers STI testing and treatment for its students, and they also offer the HPV vaccine.
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