The annual surveillance health report noted new HIV/STD infections in St. Clair County, where Pell City, AL, is located. According to health reports, there has been a hike in HIV cases from 62 in 2015 to 105 in 2019. However, the incidents slightly decreased to 104 in 2020.
Pell City, ALA, has high population making it prone to STD infections. The surveillance report indicates a rise of early Gonorrhea cases from 49 in 2014 to 58 cases in 2015.
Meanwhile, the county health officials observed a significant decrease in Syphilis cases from eight incidents in 2014 to four in 2015. The low figure was because of MSMs adopting safer sex practices.
Chlamydia infections were inconsistent over the years. The health department’s data noted a drop from 176 in 2014 to 173 in 2015. The cases were pervasive among teenagers and young adults.
To prevent the spread of HIV/STD in St Clair County, county health officials utilize local public health departments to initiate outreach to schools and hospitals in communities to begin the collaborative process. They also facilitate condom distribution among adolescents and individuals at risk of contracting the infections.
There are plenty of clinics within Pell City, AL, such as Planned Parenthood – Birmingham Health Center and American Family Care Pell City providing HIV/STD service to the city residents. Additional centers include Citizens Baptist Medical Center and Regional Medical Center.
The city has few medical facilities offering free STD testing. But, free tests might depend on income and welfare eligibility, and results might not be immediate.