HIV surveillance reports published between 2016 and 2018 indicated a slight drop in the number of new HIV incidences in Tifton, GA. There were 15 new infections at a prevalence of 36.7 per 100,000 individuals in 2016 while 2018 had 12 new infections at a rate of 29.6 in every 100,000 people.
Public health officials within the county managed to eradicate Syphilis since no cases had been reported between 2015 and 2018.
That aside, there was an inconsistent pattern in the occurrence of Gonorrhea diagnoses in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2016, there were 57 new infections at 139.6 per 100,000 population, whic increased to 85 cases in 2017 at a prevalence of 209.4 in every 100,000 persons. By the end of 2018, the value had reduced to 69 cases at a rate of 170.1.
Also, Chlamydia diagnoses had dropped from 300 cases at a rate of 739.0 per 100,000 population in 2017 to 296 new infections recorded at a prevalence of 729.6 in every 100,000 individuals in 2018.
The eradication of new Syphilis incidences in Tifton County can be attributed to both local and state governments’ joint efforts in fighting the spread of HIV/STDs. Through the distribution of free condoms, comprehensive STD/HIV prevention education, partner outreach services, rigorous follow-ups, and reliable surveillance reporting, the government has managed to contain the infections.
Some county clinics that can provide low-cost HIV services include Altifon Urgent Care and Quick Care LLC. Other medical centers residents may receive sexual health services include the Georgia Department of Public Health South Health District.
A few problems may be encountered by residents seeking free STD testing though some may lack multiple payment options while other clinics may require you to meet specific requirements to be eligible for services.