Battle Ground, WA, located in Clark County, has experienced rising STD/HIV cases over the years. The county health department reported 633 new HIV infections in 2018 at a rate of 168 that was slightly higher than the previous prevalence of 520 cases at a rate of 143 in 2017.
Chlamydia dominance steadily went up from 1,421 infections at a rate of 326.3 in 2013 to 1,534 at a rate of 346.4 in 2014. Females with Chlamydia were at 1,068 in 2014, a much higher number of cases than males at 353.
Gonorrhea was another STD among the county’s residents as it recorded 149 new infections in 2013 at a rate of 34.2 that significantly went up to 208 cases in 2014 at a rate of 47.
There were 20 new infections of Syphilis reported at a rate of 4.5 in 2014, which was lower than 23 cases at a rate of 5.3 reported in 2014.
In the fight to reduce HIV/STD epidemic, Clark County Health Department has set up free mobile testing centers to encourage residents to be screened and aware of their sexual health condition. The county also provides sexual health education to vulnerable groups and advocates for safe sex activities by encouraging condoms. Additionally, the health department occasionally gives free treatment to some of STDs, such as Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.
In case you decide to check your sexual health status, Battle Ground, WA, is home to various medical centers offering free STD testing. Remember, you might be required to wait as the results might not be immediate, and walk-in options may not be available.
Hospitals and health centers offering HIV/STD testing and screening in the city are numerous. They include Planned Parenthood- NE Portland Health Center, Urgent Care/ Vancouver Clinic 87th Avenue, Rebound, and Vancouver VA Medical Center.