Socastee, SC, is a city in Horry County that is in the midst of an STD outbreak that’s not slowing down.
In 2016, the area had 55 new HIV/AIDS diagnoses, and in 2017, that number jumped to 81.
Chlamydia infections are also increasing with 1,497 in 2015 and 1,837 in 2017, or a rate change of 484 cases for every 100,000 residents to 570.
There were 535 new gonorrhea cases in 2015, and two years later, in 2017, it had 938, or a rate change from 173 infections for every 100,000 people to 291.
In 2015, the county had 34 new syphilis cases, and in 2017, they reported 74, or a rate increase from 11 infections for every 100,000 residents to 23.
Horry County health officials are trying to reduce these numbers through preventive care and are urging all sexually active individuals to seek regular STD testing and keep themselves and their loved one safe from these infections.
There are several health centers nearby Socastee that provide STD testing. Many include treatment and follow-up care.
Careteam+ provides testing on the corner of Professional Park Dr and Singleton Ridge Rd in Conway.
The Little River Medical Center on North Kings Hwy in Myrtle Beach offers STI screenings.
Health Care Partners of South Carolina is another option. They provide services on Palmetto Pointe Rd in Myrtle Beach.
Some of these locations may offer free STD testing. However, patients might have to pay for treatment, and they may ask for proof of income. Additionally, same-day appointments might not be possible.