York County Health Department
Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, which has seen chlamydia and gonorrhea cases, the two most prevalent STDs, steadily increasing over the past three years. The third most prevalent STD differed, with syphilis cases in all stages and primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses dropping in 2018.
York County reported 1,293 chlamydia cases in 2016, which increased to 1,385 in 2017 and jumped again in 2018 to 1,562, translating to an infection rate of 586.3 per 100,000 residents. Although the age group statewide with the highest prevalence of chlamydia diagnoses in 2019 was young adults aged 20-24, chlamydia infections among adolescents remain a major concern. York County’s 2018 cases included 481 among adolescents aged 15-19, accounting for a rate of 2,657.8 and ranking it 36th out of 46 counties based on rate of infection.
Gonorrhea is the second most prevalent STD in York County, and it also had noticeable increases, especially in 2018. In 2016, there were 392 documented gonorrhea cases, which increased to 412 in 2017 and surged to 484 in 2018 with an infection rate of 181.7. Like chlamydia, the group statewide with the highest infection rate was young adults aged 20-24, but infections among adolescents remained worrisome. In York County, 102 gonorrhea infections were reported among residents aged 15-19 in 2018. This resulted in an infection rate of 563.6 and ranked the county 40th.
Syphilis diagnoses in York County have recently seen a decline. In 2016, the county documented 28 syphilis cases in all stages, which increased to 33 in 2017 but dropped to 30 in 2018. This drop impacted the infection rate, causing it to drop from 12.4 to 11.3 per 100,000 residents. Diagnoses of primary and secondary syphilis similarly increased from eight in 2016 to 12 in 2017, then dropped to less than five in 2018. This drop triggered a decrease in the infection rate from 4.5 to 1.5. Unlike the two most prevalent STDs, the age groups statewide with the highest infection rates for syphilis are older adults aged 30-39, comprising 26% of cases, followed by adults aged 25-29 with 24% and young adults aged 20-24 with 20%.
While many STDs are curable, it’s not always obvious that an STD is present due to a lack of symptoms. Without treatment, an STD can cause long-term health problems, including fertility issues, and puts sexual partners at risk of contracting the disease. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure about a possible infection. There are resources in Rock Hill and the nearby communities offering free or low-cost testing and treatment to prevent STD complications.
The York County Health Department provides conventional blood HIV testing, hepatitis B and C testing, and STD testing and treatment for gonorrhea and syphilis. It also offers hepatitis A and B and HPV vaccinations. Services are low-cost with a sliding scale available, but the Department also accepts Medicaid and Medicare. Clients must schedule an appointment either by phone or online using the web chat feature. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1070 Heckle Boulevard
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Affinity Health Center offers free rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing with results in about 30 minutes, and STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea with results in about two weeks. It also provides pregnancy testing, PrEP for uninsured individuals, and HIV/STD prevention education for the entire community. Testing is available on a walk-in basis, with appointments unnecessary. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
455 Lakeshore Parkway
Rock Hill, SC 29730
RAO Community Health provides sexual health services in the Charlotte metro area, which includes Rock Hill. It offers free HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. RAO also provides herpes and hepatitis B and C testing, hepatitis B vaccines, PrEP, and HIV/STD treatment. PrEP is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans with co-pay assistance available. Clinic hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an evening clinic every Thursday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
321 West 11th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
C.W. Williams Community Health Center furnishes testing, diagnoses, preventative education, and healthcare services. It offers free conventional blood HIV, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis testing. The center provides low-cost services and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and some private insurance plans as well as a sliding scale fee based on income and family size. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3333 Wilkinson Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28208
The Charlotte Community Health Clinic welcomes all patients, regardless of where they live, and doesn’t restrict its discount program to only Mecklenburg County residents. It provides free conventional blood HIV testing and STD testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C. Testing is performed at the on-site laboratory. The clinic also offers hepatitis A and B vaccines and PrEP/PEP for HIV prevention. Appointments are required, with no walk-ins allowed. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
5301 Wilkinson Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28208