The community of Vestavia Hills, AL is one of the few areas in the U.S. that is not seeing an increase in the prevalence rates of STDs. However, its HIV prevalence rates continue to rise along with those of the nation.
Found southeast of Birmingham, with Homewood to the North and Hoover to the south, Vestavia Hills is comprised of the communities of Vestavia, Liberty Park, and Cahaba Heights. It sits in both Jefferson and Shelby County.
In fact, its STD rates dropped by 18.1% from 2014 to 2018. During that same period, the state of Alabama saw an 11.8% drop in those rates.
Conversely, during that five-year stretch, the HIV prevalence rates in Vestavia Hills rose by 3.7%. This increase was slightly lower than that observed statewide, 4.1%.
We are beating the odds in Vestavia Hills. While the rest of the country suffers from climbing STD rates, we are winning the war. Now we need to take the fight to HIV and beat that too.
For anyone looking to get screened for STDs or HIV, there are a number of choices in the Vestavia Hills area. Some may offer free STD testing but be sure that there are no hidden costs, long wait times for results, and the ability to consult a doctor as these features are often lacking.
All of the closest health centers and clinics that might offer STD and HIV testing are found in nearby Birmingham. They include the Jefferson County Department of Health, Planned Parenthood’s Birmingham Center, and the University of Alabama Birmingham’s 1917 Clinic on 20th Street South.