The number of residents in Crittenden County and West Memphis living with HIV is currently at nearly 600 per 100,000 people, this is more than double the national average. The most at-risk demographic for HIV contraction in West Memphis are black males who engage in male-to-male sexual contact or injection drug use.
It was also been reported that in 2015 there were over 850 new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in West Memphis, meaning the city was had the third-highest incidence of STDs in the nation.
These statistics indicate that sexually active individuals in West Memphis are at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
As a result of the increasing numbers of sexually transmitted disease incidences, health officials in West Memphis and Crittenden County recommend that all sexually active and at-risk residents seek regular STD and HIV testing.
As a result of the growing prevalence of STDs and HIV in West Memphis, health officials have implemented disease-prevention campaigns to improve awareness of sexually transmitted infections in the hope of stopping the diseases spreading further.
Additionally, some health clinics may offer free STD testing to sexually active residents to stop infected individuals from spreading STDs. Although, not every clinic offers free STD checks and those that do often have long waiting times. Additionally, patients may have to be uninsured to receive state-funded treatment.
If you think you need an HIV or STD check, some local public clinics that you can consider include Sun Life Family Health Center (Florence Clinic) and Pinal County Public Health Services District (San Tan Valley Clinic).