St. Simons, GA, is a census-designated place and a barrier island situated in St. Simons Island in Glynn County. The county public health surveillance team observed a downward development of the HIV diagnostic rate between 2019 and 2020.
In 2019, the HIV prevalence rate in the county was 305 persons in every 100,000 population. In 2020, the cases dropped to 301 per every group of 100,000 residents.
Between 2017 and 2018, the public health officers reported a significant downtick in Gonorrhea infections, whereby 250 cases were recorded in 2018 at a reference rate of 293.44. In the last year of reference, 209 infections were tabled at a rate of 245.
Additionally, there was a slight decrease in Syphilis cases between 2018 and 2019. As of 2019, six cases were recorded at a reference rate of 7.0 instead of the preceding year when six cases were reported at an incidence rate of 8.2.
Furthermore, the county witnessed a minor plummeting trend in new Chlamydia cases within the same period. The incidence rate had decreased from 655 cases rated at 768.6 in 2018 to 654 diagnosis at a rate of 766.8 in 2019.
The decreasing rates of HIV/STDs are attributed to Glenn County public health department’s efforts in fighting the spread of such diseases through state-funded prevention tactics. The initiatives include community outreach initiatives, impactful HIV/STD prevention strategies, and increased access to screening and treatment services.
Planned Parenthood – Jacksonville Health Center, St. Simons Immediate Care Center, Jesup Urgent Care, and Glynn County Health Department offer comprehensive HIV/STD screening services.
Some of these clinics offer free std testing services but do not allow multiple payment options. Besides, test results might be delayed.