STD rates for Starkville, MS are wrapped up in figures for Oktibbeha County. The Mississippi State Department of Health has collected figures for STD cases on an annual basis. It has reported that there were 336 cases of chlamydia in 2013, 362 in 2014, 327 in 2015, 334 in 2016 and 374 in 2017. This shows that numbers have wavered but overall increased over the four-year period. Rates similarly have increased from 697.2 per 100,000 of the population in 2013 to 751 in 2017.
Gonorrhea cases have also increased overall with numbers being 114 in 2013, 101 in 2014, 117 in 2015, 126 in 2016 and 136 in 2017. Rates per 100,000 of the population have risen from 236.6 in 2013 to 273.1 in 2017.
HIV cases, however, have dropped slightly. There were six reported cases in 2013 in the county and while that number rose to 14 in 2015, it has since dropped to five cases in 2017. Rates per 100,000 of the population have also gone down from 12.2 to 10 between 2013 and 2017.
Similarly, primary and secondary syphilis cases have declined with a peak seen in 2015. Otherwise, levels remain low with two cases reported in 2017 at a rate of four cases per 100,000 of the population.
“Test results are returned within a fortnight and are free and 100% confidential at any county health department. For some teenagers, high teen STD rates aren’t enough to convince them to use a condom.”
The Oktibbeha Family Medical Center in Starkville, MS offers testing for STDs, as does the Oktibbeha County Health Department.
You will also be able to find testing services at Clay County Health Department in Westpoint around 13 miles away.
Free testing may be available at the clinics but walk-in appointments might not be an option and they serve a wide range of health matters and so frequented by the community.