In 2016, Houston County had an HIV prevalence rate of 264.5 per 100K people, under Georgia’s rate of 602.4. But there are surely more people out there who haven’t been tested and may be HIV-positive.
If you are sexually active, make sure you use protection every time and get tested often, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. The only way to know your sexual health status for sure is to go to a clinic and be tested.
Also in 2016, Houston County’s chlamydia rate was 673.9 per 100K people, a little above Georgia’s rate of 614.6. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 210.6 and 4. Gonorrhea is a huge problem because the strain is becoming resistant to the only medicine left to treat it.
The Houston County Health Department on Cohen Walker Dr provides confidential STI testing and treatment. You can also be tested at AppleCare on Houston Lake Rd. Keep an eye on the community calendar and that of surrounding areas, especially during STD Awareness Month. You may find an opportunity for free STD testing.