What are the STI test options in St. Bethlehem,TN?

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.

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STD Statistics In Montgomery County, TN



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Statistics reported is based on publicly available data sources such as CDC for Montgomery County, TN. Data is normalized to accurately report Montgomery County STD Breakdown.

Additional STD Test Statistics in St. Bethlehem, TN

Statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health show that the Chlamydia rate in Montgomery County has increased over the past decade. Since 2002, the number of Chlamydia cases in the county increased by over 300%. The highest number of cases was reported in 2014, and there were a total of 1,748 cases reported in 2016. The highest number of cases in the state were reported in Knox and Shelby counties.

In 2016, Montgomery County had the fifth highest number of Gonorrhea cases in the state of Tennessee. There were a total of 606 cases reported in that year. The Gonorrhea rate in the county has been on the rise in recent years. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of cases increased by 47%.

Only 3% of Tennessee’s Primary and Secondary Syphilis cases were found in Montgomery County in 2016. Although the rate in the county is high, the number of cases decreased from 16 to 12 in 2016. A higher number of cases were found in Davidson and Knox counties.

There were a total of 712 newly diagnosed HIV cases reported in Tennessee in 2015. In the Mid-Cumberland Region, which includes St. Bethlehem, there were 62 diagnosed HIV cases reported. This represents about 9% of the state’s total cases.

Graph of chlamydia rates in saint bethlehem tennessee from 2008

STD Testing and Sexual Health Education in St. Bethlehem, TN

Sexual education and HIV education are required in Tennessee schools. When provided, sexual and HIV education must be age appropriate. There are no further guidelines mandating medically accurate and unbiased education. Sexual education programs in Tennessee must stress abstinence and the importance of sex only within marriage.

The state of Tennessee requires that local school have a sexual education program if the teen pregnancy rate exceeds 19.5 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 11 to 18 years old. Tennessee law prohibits  instruction that promote “gateway sexual activity” and requires that parents are notified about sexual education programs.

In 2013, there were a total of 248 cases of teen pregnancy in Montgomery County for individuals aged 10 to 18 years old. The rate for this group was 20.4 per 1,000 female population.

Students in the St. Bethlehem area attend public schools operated by the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. The district serves about 32,000 students in total. There are 23 elementary schools, 7 middle schools and 7 high schools. Sexual education programs are provided in local schools. These programs include discussion of abstinence, healthy relationships, STD prevention, contraception and responsible decision making.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Demographics in St. Bethlehem, TN

STDs affect different populations in different ways. In Tennessee, young people are more at risk for STD infections.

Throughout the state of Tennessee, Chlamydia primary affects females. For certain ethnic groups, the rates for Chlamydia are even higher. African American females had the highest number of cases with 10,059 in total. White females had the second highest number of cases. Most cases were found in the 20-24 year old age bracket.

Gonorrhea, on the other hand, affected both men and women in greater shares. African Americans  has the highest number of cases. There were 6,599 cases attributed to the group in 2016. The number of cases for African American males has been on the rise in recent years. Younger individuals were more likely to be affected by Gonorrhea in the state.

Men in Tennessee are disproportionately affected by the spread of Primary and Secondary Syphilis. American American males had the highest number of cases. In fact, similar trends were reflected throughout the country. Men, especially African American men, bear a high burden of U.S. Syphilis cases.

In the Mid-Cumberland Region, a total of 62 HIV cases were reported in 2015. 85% of the cases were reported among men. Non-Hispanic white men had the highest number of cases. Overall, African Americans and Whites had the same number of cases (28 each).

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STI Testing Resources in St. Bethlehem, TN

To address the spread of STDs in the St. Bethlehem, resources are available for STD testing and treatment. Testing services can be access through the Montgomery County Health Department and Planned Parenthood clinic as well as local medical groups and urgent care facilities.

Montgomery County Health Department is committed to providing health resources to individuals in the county. The department provides confidential testing and treatment services for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV. Notification services are also provided, and walk-in patients are welcome. The clinic is located at 330 Pageant Lane in Clarksville.

If you’re looking for STD testing resources from Planned Parenthood, consider visiting the Nashville Health Center. This clinic provides a variety of STD testing services for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV. Located at 412 Dr D.B. Todd Jr Blvd in Nashville, the health clinic is conveniently positioned to serve individuals in the St. Bethlehem area.  

The Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center Incorporated is a medical practice located in the Montgomery County are. The Clarksville Clinic is located  at 230 Dover Road in Clarksville. It’s just minutes from St. Bethlehem, and the clinic provides STD testing and treatment services.

Urgent care services are available at Premier Medical Group. The medical facility provides walk-in services for STD testing.

Better Sexual Health in St. Bethlehem, TN

For many STDs, the rates in the St. Bethlehem area have increased over the past decade. Montgomery County also reports a higher number of STDs than other areas of the state. These statistics demonstrate why STD testing is so important to public health.

The Montgomery County Health Department recognizes the importance of STD testing and treatment services. Many resources are available to the public. Individuals can also access testing services from health clinics, medical providers and urgent care facilities.

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