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DHEC will offer free STD testing across South Carolina

April 17, 2019

A no-cost screening for sexually transmitted diseases will be offered to South Carolinians by the Department of Health and Environmental Control on Wednesday, April 17.

According to a DHEC press release, the free screenings are meant to promote health and recognize April as National STD Awareness Month.

The national STD rate is on the rise, according to data from the CDC. Data from a 2017 report shows that South Carolina’s STD rates are among the highest in the nation.

“STDs are preventable, and an individual’s first step in prevention and intervention is getting tested,” said Ali Mansaray, director of DHEC’s STD, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis Division. “With the number of STDs rising annually in South Carolina and across the nation, we cannot do enough to promote awareness and education about the importance of STD safety. Prevention, intervention and treatment are what National STD Awareness Month is all about.”

From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. residents can visit their local health department to be tested for hepatitis C, HIV and syphilis at no cost. Appointments are encouraged and may be scheduled by calling 1-855-4-SCDHEC.

For more information about STDs and sites that will provide no-cost testing, call DHEC’s STD/HIV Hotline at 1-800-322-2437 or visit www.scdhec.gov.