Cuyahoga County, OH, reported 4,330 HIV infections at a rate of 406 per 100,000 individuals among people aged 13 years and older in 2018. This was a slight increase from 2017 which recorded 4,122 at a rate of 385 per 100,000 persons.
Chlamydia infections had the highest numbers, with 11,058 cases at a rate of 885.5 per 100,000 being recorded in 2018. The infections had escalated from 2017 which recorded 11,055 at a rate of 885.5 per 100,000 persons. Female cases were slightly higher with a rate of 719.2 per 100,000 compared to male infections at a rate of 360.4 per 100,000.
In second place came gonorrhea which had 4,563 infections at a rate of 365.5 per 100,000 persons in 2018 which was a drastic decrease from 5,105 infections at a rate of 408.9 per 100,000 individuals in 2017.
Syphilis recorded 298 cases at a rate of 23.9 per 100,000 persons in 2018 which was a significant decrease in comparison to 378 infections at a rate of 30.3 per 100,000 persons in 2017. Female infections were more at a rate of 6.3 per 100,000 while male cases were 26.9 per 100,000.
Cuyahoga County, OH, has the Ryan White Program which offers financial assistance to HIV positive patients. The program may also avail primary care and support services to people who are underinsured and uninsured.
Residents may access STD testing services in Planned Parenthood – Rocky River Health Center and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Other available options are the AHF Wellness Center – Cleveland and J. Glen Smith Health Center.
Some facilities may offer free STD testing services, but this may depend on your income and welfare eligibility. Also, some STD results may not be available immediately so you may have to wait for a few days.