West Memphis HIV Service Access Center
Northeast Public Health Region
Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
Orange Mound Health Center
Christ Community Health Services
Raleigh Health Center
Community HIV Network
Midtown Poplar Health Center
Packer STD HIV Clinic
Cawthon STD/HIV Clinic
Infectious Disease Program
Shelby County, where Memphis is located, had the highest reported rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea statewide in 2017, and those numbers spiked again in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
In 2018, the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which covers 10 counties in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas, reported 12,555 cases of chlamydia. Shelby County had the highest infection rate statewide at 9,724 cases, for a frequency of 1,037.8 per 100,000 residents, up from the 9,004 infections reported in 2017 by the Tennessee Department of Health. The highest infection rates were reported among individuals aged 20-24 and accounted for 3,348 cases, for a rate of 5,167.5 per 100,000 residents. Incidences among women were more than double those of men — 1,275.2 females and 614.2 males.
In the Memphis MSA, 5,458 gonorrhea cases were reported in 2018, with almost 80% of those occurring in Shelby County. Shelby had 4,328 cases, for a frequency of 461.9 per 100,000 residents, ranking it 18th in the nation for disclosed cases. This was a large jump from the 3,694 cases reported in 2017, which equated to 394.3 occurrences per 100,000 residents. Gonorrhea infections are most common in young people aged 20-24, with 1,297 infections in 2017, correlating to 2,001.9 per 100,000 residents. Occurrences among men were only slightly higher than those among women, at 1,873 and 1,821 cases, respectively.
In Tennessee, syphilis is the only STD with lower infection rates than the nation as a whole. In 2018, 553 primary and secondary syphilis cases were reported in the state, for a rate of 8.2 cases per 100,000 people, compared to the U.S. rate of 10.8. However, syphilis is still an issue in Shelby County, where 156 cases were disclosed in 2018, for the 49th highest reported primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses among counties nationwide. This translates to 16.6 cases per 100,000 individuals and represents a jump from the 135 reported in 2017.
Many people with STDs exhibit few or no symptoms. However, they can still pass STDs to others or experience serious medical issues, such as infertility, pregnancy complications, or death with long term infection. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital to preventing complications, and many resources in Memphis offer free or low-cost testing for individuals without insurance or an ability to pay.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain one of the most critical public health challenges facing the United States, with approximately 26 million new STD infections occurring every year. Nearly half of these new infections affect young people ages 15 to 24.
Community-based organizations are a vital first line of defense in the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS in particular. They generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
You may not be aware of all the STD resources available in Memphis that can help prevent the spread of STDs. Get connected with these community organizations that are leading the fight against STDs and HIV/AIDS with resources and support:
The Shelby County Health Department operates two STD/HIV clinics that offer confidential STD testing, treatment, counseling, and early intervention services. The Parker STD/HIV Clinic and the Cawthorn Public Health Clinic test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and HIV. Results are typically available within seven to 10 business days, and appointments are available one day in advance. Cawthorn also provides family planning, vaccinations for adults and children, and other women and infant services. Both clinics are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
814 Jefferson Avenue, Room 221
Memphis, TN 38105
Multiple Memphis locations
The Corner offers free, confidential chlamydia, gonorrhea, rapid HIV, and hepatitis C testing. Individuals testing positive for an STD are connected to free treatment with a private provider. It also has free, same-day access to pre-exposure (PrEP) and post-exposure (PEP) prophylaxis, regardless of insurance, income, or immigration status. Individuals outside Memphis can receive PrEP or PEP through TeleHealth. Walk-ins are accepted, and appointments are available. The clinic is open Saturday to Tuesday between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
806 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104
Through the Midtown Poplar Health Center, Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi offers free HIV testing and diagnosis, as well as testing, diagnosis, and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. It also provides condoms, HPV vaccines, and STD/safer sex education, as well as free pregnancy testing, birth control refills, and emergency contraception. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted as time permits, and free parking and Spanish translators are available.
2430 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112
Friends for Life provides free and confidential HIV/STD testing and counseling between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments ensure swifter service, but walk-ins are accommodated if possible. Full panel STD testing is also available by appointment at The Haven (206 G.E. Patterson Avenue) Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Haven offers free condoms, personal lubricant, and safe sex kits. Team members can also visit an individual’s location, and its outreach program provides HIV/STD testing, counseling, and education at various targeted settings.
43 North Cleveland Street
Memphis, TN 38104
CHOICES offers free HIV testing and PrEP for uninsured clients, as well as a sliding fee scale for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C testing. Walk-in service for STD testing is not available, so individuals must become patients and ask their clinician to order testing. Adolescents aged 13 and older can receive STD testing and family planning services without parental consent. CHOICES accepts insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare, and no one is turned away for lack of ability to pay. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1203 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
901 Health & Wellness Clinic provides chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, conventional blood HIV, and hepatitis B and C testing, as well as family planning and birth control. Individuals can call to schedule an appointment, and walk-ins are welcome. It offers low-cost services, and insurance and Medicare are accepted. A dedicated parking lot with free parking is available, and clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
364 South Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103