What are the Free or Low Cost STI test options in Shelbyville,TN?
Shelbyville, TN comes under the south-central health jurisdiction in the state and figures show numbers of cases for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV and the prevalence of cases in terms of the rate per 100,000 of the population.
A 2017 report shows that chlamydia cases numbered 1,582 at a rate of 392.9, affecting twice as many females as males. Gonorrhea cases numbered 321 at a rate of 79.7, affecting males and females in roughly equal measure and syphilis cases numbered 33 at a rate of 8.2, which mostly affected men. Across the board, the rate of infection is most prevalent among 20-24 year-olds.
In comparison to the rest of the state, in Bedford County, where Shelbyville, TN is located, the rate of diagnostics came in at the lower 50th percentile in terms of prevalence. Syphilis rates were in the lower 25th percentile of prevalence in a statewide comparison.
There is a dearth of data for HIV cases in Bedford County specifically due to the data being suppressed, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
“While HIV cases are going down across the country, southern states harbor a disproportionate number of diagnoses. The opioid crisis may also trigger increased reports of the virus.”
The Bedford County Health Department can offer STD and HIV testing for Shelbyville, TN residents. You can ask clinic staff about free STD testing.
Testing may be available through insurance. Do note that multiple payment methods may not be accepted.
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