Little Rock ARcare Medical Clinic
Central Public Health Region
Central Public Health Region
Open Hands Clinic
Little Rock Aldersgate Road Health Center
UAMS Infectious Diseases Clinic
In the Little Rock region, the three most prevalent STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The rate of all three of these STDs increased in prevalence between 2014 and 2018.
The most common STD in Little Rock is chlamydia. In 2018, Pulaski County documented 3,553 infections, making up 20% of the total chlamydia cases in the state. This corresponds with a frequency of 902 infections per 100,000 people, compared to the state rate of 586 and the national rate of 540. In Arkansas, the majority of those diagnosed with chlamydia were 15-24 years old. Females are considerably more likely to have chlamydia, accounting for about two-thirds of infections statewide. However, among males, this infection is becoming increasingly common. In 2014, there were 3,964 cases among males in the state. By 2018, that number increased to 5,147 infections.
In 2018, there were 7,300 documented gonorrhea infections in Arkansas, which is a 9% increase over the number disclosed in 2017 and a 69% increase over the number reported in 2014. Of these infections, about 22% were reported in Pulaski County. That year, the Department of Health disclosed 1,600 infections. This is equal to a frequency of 408 infections per 100,000 people, which is considerably higher than Arkansas’s overall rate of 242 and the national rate of 179. Of the state’s total number of infections, 3,511 cases were in males and 3,788 were in females. Those aged 20-24 had the highest infection rates in the state, with gonorrhea being reported at a frequency of 791. Cases are relatively unusual in those aged 14 and under and 54 and over.
While syphilis isn’t as prevalent as chlamydia or gonorrhea, the number of infections has increased at a concerning rate in recent years. In 2018, the Department of Health disclosed 652 early syphilis cases for a rate of 22 infections per 100,000 residents. Nearly 65%, or 255, of these infections were reported in Pulaski County, where the rate exceeds state and national averages at 65. Statewide, over three-quarters of primary and secondary syphilis infections were disclosed in males, and those aged 20-29 were disproportionately infected.
While some STDs cause pain and discomfort, many who are infected don’t experience any symptoms. Unfortunately, even STDs that aren’t noticeable can spread, and left untreated, they can cause long-term complications, such as cancer, heart problems, loss of vision, and early death. Regular STD testing is the best way to prevent STD-related problems. Little Rock is home to numerous clinics that provide free or affordable STD testing, treatment, and prevention services.
The Arkansas Department of Health’s Pulaski County Health Unit provides a full array of healthcare services to residents in the Little Rock region, including STD counseling, testing, and treatment. STDs that individuals may be tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, and vaccines for HPV and hepatitis B are available. Testing is available by appointment at no cost, and treatment for patients and expedited partner therapy are provided for those who test positive. In addition to testing, the unit manages STD prevention and education programs, which include free condoms and educational materials.
3915 West 8th Street
Little Rock, AR 72204
JCCSI is a nonprofit healthcare organization that provides a broad range of services, including STD testing and treatment. Some STDs that clients may be tested for include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, and it has an income-based sliding fee scale for uninsured clients. In addition to STD services, the clinic offers immunizations for HPV and hepatitis A and B, as well as family medicine, chronic disease management, dental care, behavioral health, and a medication assistance program. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the office.
1100 North University, Suite 125
Little Rock, AR 72207
Aldersgate Road Health Center is operated by Planned Parenthood Great Plains and offers sexual and reproductive health services to men and women in the Little Rock region. Clients receive testing for infections such as oral and genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Test results are available within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the type of test, and treatment is provided for those who test positive. Appointments are required for service and can be made online or over the phone. In addition to in-person services, this location offers some STD services via telehealth.
1501 Aldersgate Road
Little Rock, AR 72205
Little Rock Primary Care is operated by ARcare, a federally qualified health center that serves those in rural and underserved regions. At the Little Rock location, individuals can receive a broad range of healthcare services, including testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C, as well as vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B. The clinic accepts most health insurance plans and has a sliding fee schedule for qualifying individuals without health insurance or adequate coverage. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the clinic.
11219 Financial Centre Parkway, Suite 200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
Unity Health is located in Searcy, about 50 miles north of Little Rock. This nonprofit healthcare provider offers a wide array of services for those with and without health insurance, including testing and treatment for STDs such as chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, herpes, and syphilis. Clients can also receive STD prevention services, including vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B. Insurance is accepted, and clients without insurance can apply for financial assistance. Services are provided by appointment only, which can be scheduled by calling the clinic.
2900 Hawkins Drive
Searcy, AR 72143