Greenville County Public Health Department
Greenville, SC, which sits in Greenville County, has seen steady increases in the state’s most common STDs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Although the county is below the state’s average rate for all three infectious diseases, the outlook is concerning if the current trend continues.
Out of South Carolina’s 234,201 chlamydia cases in 2018, 2,843 of them occurred in Greenville County, where Greenville is located. While Greenville County’s rate of 560.9 per 100,000 persons is significantly lower than the statewide rate of 680.7, it has been steadily creeping up over the last few years following the state trend. Chlamydia seems to be more prevalent in younger populations, with adults aged 20 to 24 making up 37% of the state’s diagnoses and those aged 19 and under accounting for an additional 31%. According to the CDC, South Carolina ranked fourth-highest in chlamydia diagnoses across the 50 states.
South Carolina didn’t fare much better in the CDC rankings for gonorrhea, ranking third-highest for reported cases in 2018. Greenville County’s reported rate of gonorrhea per 100,000 persons was 262.4 in 2018, just slightly below the state’s rate of 277. Over the past two years, diagnoses of gonorrhea have increased by over 32% in Greenville County, and the majority of those cases fall in the 20 to 24 age group. In South Carolina, distribution between females and males is almost equal.
The rate of P&S syphilis infections in Greenville County (7.7 per 100,000 persons) is slightly less than the overall state rate of 8.3. The rate of total infections also follows this trend, with Greenville County reporting 23.5 and the state as a whole documenting 24.9. South Carolina has much lower P&S syphilis rates than other states, and data from the CDC places the state 25th among the 50. Syphilis in South Carolina and the nation affects men much more than women, although women’s diagnoses continue to increase, just not as steeply as the men’s curve. Over 50% of infectious syphilis cases occur in adults aged 25 to 39.
STD infections can cause serious health complications if left untreated. However, most STDs are relatively easy to treat and completely curable. Sexually active adults may unknowingly contract an STD, risking their health, as well as their partners. The only way to know for sure that you’re free of sexually transmitted infections is through testing. Greenville, SC, residents can choose from several local clinics to receive low-cost or free STD screenings.
The County Health Department operates several clinics throughout the county, including one in Greenville. Residents can receive screening for various STIs. Fast-track tests are available for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia; however, patients must be asymptomatic. The clinic also provides medicine and treatment for those who test positive. All services are completely confidential. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the staff asks that you preschedule appointments by calling or using the online request form.
200 University Ridge
Greenville, SC 29602
Open daily, Monday through Friday, AIDS Upstate provides HIV case management, medical care, PrEP services, and STD screenings. Diseases tested include gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and hepatitis B and C. The nonprofit organization offers services to all, regardless of sexual orientation, age, or ethnicity. Staff members speak English and Spanish and provide counseling on risk prevention strategies for HIV and STDs. All testing is by appointment only.
811 Pendleton Street
Green, SC 29601
As part of their women’s services, the facility provides screening for STDs and HIV, along with pregnancy testing. The center employs female physicians who are experienced in adolescent gynecological problems and available to counsel on STD prevention, birth control methods, and HPV vaccinations. Prism Health provides financial assistance to patients with income below federal poverty guidelines. Appointments are required, and patients can use telehealth services to discuss problems. The center is open Monday through Thursday until 5 p.m. and Fridays until noon.
890 West Faris Road, Suite 330
Greenville, SC 29605
This comprehensive treatment center offers STD testing and vaccines for hepatitis A and B. HIV services are provided through its Ryan White Program. The center’s mobile vehicle visits homeless shelters and other nonprofit organizations, bringing health care to all residents. New Horizons works with various SC insurance plans, including SC Medicaid and Medicare, but the center treats all patients, including those who are uninsured. Staff interpreters can handle over 150 different languages, and veterans are welcome. Office hours are Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
975 West Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29605
Students and faculty at nearby Furman University can access STD testing and treatment at the University’s Health Center. The center also distributes free condoms in the ESHC lobby. Women’s routine gynecological care is provided, including birth control options and annual physicals. Although walk-ins are accepted, it’s often more convenient to call ahead for an appointment. Students can even schedule via an online portal. Clinic hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29617