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Stockbridge is one of only four cities in Henry County and the largest with a population of about 29,600 people. Of the three most common STDs in Henry County, chlamydia infections continued to rise, but gonorrhea and syphilis took a slight dip in 2018.
Henry County had 1,384 cases of chlamydia in 2018, resulting in a rate of 612.9 per 100,000 residents. Confirmed cases were up from the 1,315 cases reported in 2017 and were more than double the amount in 2015 of 597 diagnoses. Henry County is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, metropolitan statistical area, which had 32,883 cases in 2018. While the county accounts for only a small number of these cases, its rate of infection is higher than the MSA’s rate of 558.8 per 100,000 residents.
Gonorrhea cases in Henry County decreased slightly, dropping from 400 in 2017 to 395 in 2018, which translated to a rate of 174.9. However, the total figure in 2018 was still nearly double the number in 2015, which was 202, with a rate of 93.2 per 100,000 persons. The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA recorded 10,383 cases in 2018, a rate nearly identical to the county at 176.4. Like Henry County, gonorrhea diagnoses also dropped in the MSA, with 12,373 reported the previous year.
Occurrences of syphilis have been up and down over the last several years. Early latent syphilis cases dropped from 17 in 2017 to 14 in 2018, translating to a rate of 6.2. Primary and secondary syphilis also dropped — with 14 cases in 2018 compared to 15 in 2017. However, both are higher than the eight cases recorded in 2016. Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses in the MAS also dropped slightly with 1,095 in 2017 compared to 1,094 in 2018, but statewide, cases increased from 1,489 to 1,607. Henry County didn’t have any confirmed cases of congenital syphilis for the 15th straight year, but there were 31 occurrences recorded statewide in 2018, up from 23 the previous year.
STD testing is critical for sexually active individuals, and the only way they can be sure they’re STD-free. Undiagnosed, untreated STDS can lead to serious long-term health problems, and infected persons can pass an STD on to their partners, even when symptoms aren’t present. Stockbridge and the surrounding communities both in and outside Henry County provide free or low-cost STD testing resources.
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 Stockbridge 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:
District 4 provides STD education and referrals with confidential testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes. It also offers conventional and rapid blood HIV testing, hepatitis B testing, vaccines for HPV and hepatitis A and B, and free condoms. District 4’s STD screening and prevention programs are open to all individuals, with services provided on a sliding scale fee based on need. Appointments are required. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
135 Henry Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253
Riverdale Clinic offers free conventional blood HIV testing and low-cost STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It also administers HPV vaccines and provides PrEP for uninsured individuals. Insurance is accepted, but services are provided on a sliding scale for qualifying individuals without insurance. Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
116 Upper Riverdale Road
Riverdale, GA 30274
Lovejoy Clinic provides free conventional blood HIV testing and PrEP for uninsured individuals. It also offers low-cost STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis on a sliding scale for qualified persons, as well as HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. Lovejoy Clinic accepts insurance and Medicaid. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2201 Talmadge Road
Hampton, GA 30228
Forest Park Health Center offers low-cost STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It also provides free conventional blood HIV testing, PrEP for uninsured individuals, and HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. The Center accepts insurance and Medicare and uses a sliding scale for fees to qualifying individuals without insurance. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4945 Governors Drive
Forest Park, GA 30297
Clayton County Health District’s Forest Park Annex provides confidential testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B, and HIV. It also administers HPV and hepatitis A/B vaccines and distributes free condoms. Free HIV testing occurs Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with PrEP and PEP clinics on the second Thursday of the month. STD testing and treatment are provided Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. STD screening is open to everyone, with standard services offered on a needs-based sliding scale fee.
685 Forest Parkway
Forest Park, GA 30297
Infectious Disease Associates offers low-cost conventional blood HIV testing and STD testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B and C. It also provides hepatitis A and B vaccines and treats patients with HIV or STDs. Insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6285 Garden Walk Boulevard, Suite A
Riverdale, GA 30274
Planned Parenthood Southeast operates East Atlanta Health Center of Atlanta. It provides HIV testing and diagnosis and STD prevention services, including male and female condoms and STD and safer sex education. Anyone in need of emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill, can walk in anytime the health center is open. Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
440 Moreland Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30316