In 2017, there were 224 diagnosed HIV cases and the prevalence rate was 175 for every 100,000 people in Lee County, AL. However, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis had a prevalence rate of 1.4 times the national average in 2014. Furthermore, primary and secondary syphilis cases increased from 162 in 2014 to 277 in 2015 in the state.
As of 2019, Lee County, AL has a chlamydia prevalence rate of 507 cases per 100,000 people, which is lower than Alabama’s rate of 543.6.
Smiths, AL residents can seek STD testing in nearby Phenix City, AL. The Susie E. Allen Health Center on 11th Avenue offers STD services based on a sliding scale. Fees are reduced for those with lower incomes. This clinic is open Monday through Friday.
Residents can also find nearby testing at MercyMed of Columbus Inc. on 2nd Ave. in Columbus, GA. MercyMed provides fee-based sliding scale STD services to residents. However, everyone is welcome, including those that have insurance as well as people who don’t. This location is an appointment-only clinic and new patients are encouraged to register, regardless of their ability to pay.
Some area residents may be eligible for free STD testing at different locations. However, the hours of operation, as well as the STD tests, may be limited. In addition, some locations might not offer walk-in services and others may not allow the option to schedule appointments in advance.
It should also be noted that some STD tests may not provide comprehensive results and people that test positive for an STD may not have access to prescriptions for medication and medical consultation.