The number of HIV infections reported in the Jackson County Health Department has been consistent over the years. 14 new cases were reported in 2017 and 2018 at a rate of 9.8 per 100,000 population. This has been attributed to the HIV awareness campaign all over the city.
The department recorded a slight decrease in the number of Gonorrhea cases reported in 2018 in comparison to the previous year. New 254 infections at a rate of 177.3 per 100,000 persons were reported in 2018, and this was a slight decrease from the 387 cases at a rate of 177.3 reported in 2017.
The number of new Chlamydia infections reported in 2018 was slightly higher than that of 2017. 687 cases at a rate of 483.3 per 100,000 individuals were recorded in 2017, and 722 new infections at a rate of 503.9 were reported in 2018.
There was a tremendous increase in the number of Syphilis infections reported in 2018. New 8 Syphilis cases at a rate of 5.6 per 100,000 residents were reported in 2017, and 26 new cases at a rate of 18.1 in 2018.
Jackson County Health Department has implemented several policies to minimize STD infection rates in the region. Some of the programs may include STD awareness programs, mobile STD clinics to reach numerous residents, an AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), and participating in research programs.
Pascagoula, MS, residents may consider visiting the Jackson County Health Department and Planned Parenthood – Mobile Health Center for comprehensive STD testing and treatment.
You may also visit American Family Care Hoover and the Mississippi State Department of Health to receive affordable STD screening.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing services, but you may experience long waiting hours, and the costs might not be upfront.