Health professionals in South Carolina have expressed their concerns about the increasing number of STIs in the state. The situation is worse in many metropolitan counties and a few rural regions.
According to STI Data released by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Beaufort County recorded 221 chlamydia cases in 2011 with a transmission rate of 463.0 incidences per 100,000 populations.
However, the HIV prevalence rate in 2012 was 259.0, resulting in a total of 368 new infections. By the end of 2016, 16,718 Beaufort residents were living with HIV. In 2017, the number spiked by 714 at a rate of 17.0.
In South Carolina, the HIV Planning Council works in collaboration with local Ryan White’s Part A, B, C, D, and F representatives to help in reducing the number of HIV infections. Through Ryan White funding HPC offers ambulatory services, food banks, early intervention, AIDS Drug Assistance Program, and medical care to uninsured HIV+ individuals.
If you think you’re at risk of contracting STDs, you may get testing services from the Beaufort County Health Department Clinic along Bluffton Pkwy. The clinic may offer STD care and prevention tools, including condoms and dental dams.
You can also visit the Planned Parenthood Clinic along E 71st St, Savannah. The clinic might offer testing and screening services for the common STDs. You may also get immunization for Hep C and HPV.
Other local clinics may provide free STD testing, but most of the centers might open at inconvenient times. Another shortcoming is that the tests may not be as free as you may think and the test results may be released after two weeks.