Richland County health professionals are alarmed by the worrying numbers of STD cases in the region. The continuing trend, if not controlled, may create a health crisis in the county.
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there was a 19.8% spike in gonorrhea cases in Richland County in 2016, resulting in 1,201 incidences from 1,002 cases in 2015. Chlamydia cases jumped from 3,224 to 3,515, bringing the prevalence to 858.3 cases per 100,000 populations.
Furthermore, the report also showed a decrease in syphilis cases in 2015-2016, from 237 incidences to 190 occurrences.
Despite the bolstered STD testing services in Richland, most county residents do not know their HIV status. Therefore, the “Doing It” campaign began. Among its primary goals is to motivate sexually active individuals to get tested and seek treatment. It also persuades adults to make HIV testing a routine procedure as other medical check-ups.
You may receive STI/HIV testing and screening services at several locations in St. Andrews and the greater Richland County. An example is the SCDHEC STD Clinic on Hampton St, Columbia. Other SCDHEC clinics are located along Stuart St, Fort Jackson, and Old Eastover Rd, Eastover.
Alternatively, you can head to the Planned Parenthood Columbus Medical Center that lies on Middleburg Dr. Beside HIV/STD testing and treatments, this PP clinic may also offer vaccinations, abortion care, emergency pills, and HIV prevention tools.
Some nearby clinics within the town might render free STD testing, but with a few setbacks. Scheduling an appointment may not be an option or the walk-in options might not be allowed by some of the medical centers. In case your results turn positive, you may not have after prescription services or you might not be allowed to consult the doctors on site.