The city of St. Bethlehem – just outside Clarksville in Montgomery County Tennessee – has experienced an increase in several sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) over the last couple of years. In fact, a recent study conducted in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute showed that Montgomery County has the highest rate of STD in the state.
The number of reported cases of Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Chlamydia increased between 2013 and 2017. During this period, reported cases of Gonorrhea increased by slightly more than 7 percent while Chlamydia and Syphilis saw increases of 28% and 44% respectively.
At the same time, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in this area decreased slightly. Those living with these conditions decreased by 3% while those newly diagnosed with HIV saw a 9% decrease.
“Montgomery County is dedicated to the eradication of the STD epidemic that has gripped our communities and our country as a whole.”
To meet that end, Montgomery County Health Department, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health, offers STD testing and services at their Clarksville location on Pageant Lane. Pricing depends upon a specific set of criteria and is based on ability to pay.
Other public health centers that offer HIV/AIDS and STD testing and resources include the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center on Dover and the American Family Care urgent care center on Madison, both in Clarksville. Also, Planned Parenthood offers these services through the Nashville Health Center only 40 miles from St Bethlehem in Nashville.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing and services. However, these are often dependent on income and welfare eligibility.