Avon, IN, is a town located in Washington Township, Hendricks County. In recent years, the HIV prevalence rate in the county has fluctuated, with a 10.1% increase from 159 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 and 2015 to 175 in 2017, followed by a progressive drop to 150 in 2020.
The rate of Chlamydia infections in the county rose from an incidence rate of 216.2 in 2012 to 227.2 in the following year, before a decrease to 197.4 per 100,000 persons in 2014, representing a 13.1% decrease. Sadly the rate escalated to 267.0 in 2016.
There were no reported cases of Syphilis infections in the county between 2012 and 2015. However, in 2016, there was a spike in the rate of diagnoses to 4.0 per 100,000 individuals.
Gonorrhea infections doubled from a rate of 27.2 per 100,000 persons in 2012 to 63.3 in 2016. An incidence rate of 41.1 was reported in 2015, which reflected a 5.1% increase from the previous year’s rate of 39.1 per 100,000 individuals.
The Hendricks County Health Department collaborates with the Indiana State Department of Health to promote HIV/STD testing and increase awareness and safer sex education to prevent the spread of infections. Additionally, it encourages self-testing as an alternative option where in-person patient-clinician contact and facility-based services are limited.
You can visit Planned Parenthood – Southside Health Center, Immediate Care Center: Hendricks Regional Health – Avon, and Indiana University Health to access quality STD/HIV screening services.
Also, some town clinics offer free STD testing services, but walk-in options might not exist, and prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’re tested positive.