Residents of the Tri-Cities, AL, are still getting infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Lauderdale and Colbert Counties had 192 and 112 cases of chlamydia reported in the period between January 2016 and June the same year respectively. This was a slight decrease from the 211 Lauderdale County chlamydia cases and 130 Colbert County’s that were recorded at the same time in 2015.
The health department also revealed that in January-June 2016, Colbert County had 16 gonorrhoea infections while Lauderdale County had 24. Colbert and Lauderdale Counties had 64 and 104 Trichomoniasis cases during the same period respectively.
According to the 2017 County Health Rankings in Alabama, Lauderdale County had 54 HIV infections reported in 2013. Cases of the STD in Colbert County were 44 in the same year.
The Alabama/North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center is a collaboration between the two states to reduce the spread of STDs. Through the program, residents of the Tri-Cities can access education on various sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They can also learn how they can get better STD/HIV care.
To get STD/HIV testing services in the region, you may visit the Franklin County Health Department in Russellville, AL. Other health centers where you can get the STD tests include the Lauderdale County Health Department located in Underwood-Petersville and Planned Parenthood – Birmingham Health Center.
Free STD testing services might be available at a few public clinics nearby. However, the services might be offered at inconvenient hours. Moreover, the walk-in option might be unavailable, and booking appointments may be impossible.