Winder, GA, is a city and the county seat of Barrow County. In recent years, the county has experienced fluctuations in HIV infections, with an increase in the prevalence rate from 24 to 109 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 and 2017, respectively. This was followed by a slight drop to 88 in 2020.
In 2019, the rate of Chlamydia infections was 273.6 per 100,000 persons, reflecting a 23.1% decrease from the higher incidence rate of 359.2 recorded in 2017. Females registered 72.6% of the total cases of Chlamydia infections in the county in 2019, with whites accounting for 43.6% of those diagnoses.
Gonorrhea infections remained relatively constant between 2016 and 2018, showing an incidence rate of 93.4 and 90.3 per 100,000 individuals, respectively. In 2019, the rate abated to 74.9, with males accounting for 51.6% of county residents diagnosed with the infections.
Syphilis infections showed fluctuations in incidence rates from 9.3 in 2015 to nil in the following year, followed by a spike to 10.1 per 100,000 persons in 2017. A rate of 14.4 was reported in 2019, with males registering 83.3% of reported cases in that year.
The Barrow County Health Department, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health, improves access to STD/HIV screening for residents to know their status, thus promoting their health and reducing the spread of infections. It also coordinates with local health care providers during outreach events to offer risk-reduction counseling and preventive care education to underserved communities.
City dwellers can access conclusive STD/HIV testing services at Planned Parenthood – Gwinnett Health Center. Other clinics include Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow, Piedmont Urgent Care – Barrow, and St. Mary’s Health Care System.
You can also visit some city hospitals for free STD testing. However, access to services could depend on income and welfare eligibility, and doctor consultation might not be available.