The city of Pelham, AL, in Shelby County, is experiencing a dangerous STD outbreak.
In 2016, the county had 415 chlamydia infections or a rate of 14.9 new infections per every 100,000 residents. In 2018, it reported 480 diagnoses or a rate of 15.2 per 100,000 new cases.
Gonorrhea is another STD that’s increasing. The rate was 13.5 new infections per 100,000 residents or 110 cases in 2016. A year later, the county reported 14.9 new diagnoses per 100,000 residents or 186 new infections. Between January and June of 2019, it has already recorded 88.
In 2016, the area had seven primary and secondary syphilis cases, and a year later, in 2017, it reported almost double or 13 new cases.
To reduce the STD rate in the area, health officials are asking all sexually active people to get regular, comprehensive STI screenings.
Pelham has several health centers that provide STD testing, and many offer treatment and follow-up care.
The Shelby County Health Department provides STI screenings off Oak Mountain Trail on County Services Dr in Pelham.
Another option is the Lyons Family Health Care PLLC on the corner of Independence Plaza and 29th Ave S in Homewood. This location is accessible a public bus route.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham operates the 1917 Clinic on the corner of 20th St S and 8th Ct S.
It’s possible some locations could offer free STD testing. These sites may be challenging to schedule an appointment at, and results might take several days. Additionally, they may ask for proof that patients qualify for free services.