County health reports indicated a slight increment in the number of HIV infections in Paragould, the county seat of Greene County, AR. The number rose from 32 at a rate of 92 in 2015 to 33 at a rate of 91 in 2018.
A total number of 128 Chlamydia infections at a rate of 304 were reported in 2013, which had reached 185 at a rate of 429.3 by the end of 2017.
By the end of 2018, there were 50 cases of Gonorrhea in the Greene county population which was an increase from the 38 infections reported back in 2013.
There were a few cases of Syphilis infections in Green County whereby only 8 cases were recorded in 2013 and by the end of 2017, the number had increased to 18.
The Greene County Department of Health is working with the federal government to incentivize HIV testing providers to make specialized services affordable to the residents This will enable early detection of STD/HIV and prevent further spread.
Paragould residents can check their sexual health in medical centers like St. Bernards Urgent Care- Kennett or at Planned Parenthood – Memphis Health Center. They may also visit the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center and the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Free STD testing may not be available in most of the medical centers. However, residents who are lucky to find clinics that offer free STD tests may be required to schedule an appointment and be within a specific age group, say less than 18 years. Some of the tests may also not be comprehensive.