What are the STI test options in Akron,OH?
Unprotected sex, drug use, and lack of education about risk and prevention all contribute to the current STD epidemic. Summit County reported 720 new HIV cases in 2016, making it one of the highest rates of transmission across counties in Ohio State.
Programs like the Ohio HIV Medicaid Spenddown Payment Program (OHMSDP) exist to help those living with HIV gain access to and pay for health insurance. Public health officials in the area are seeking to reduce transmission and improve health through efforts to empower patients with education, understanding, and treatment.
Routine testing – every 3 to 6 months – is now being promoted as a normal part a regular health care routine.
Billboard campaigns work to spread understanding about the danger of STDs, like syphilis and gonorrhea, and the importance of regular testing. These billboards use explicit and attention-grabbing imagery to educate the general public on the seriousness of staying safe, getting tested, plus free STD testing.
The city of Akron has many options: from Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio located on West Exchange Street, to CANAPI on West Market Street, and the Summit County Public Health on West Market Street.