Over the years, there’s been a shift in STD instances in Raleigh County. The number of new HIV infections among individuals aged 13 years and above in 2017 was 126 cases at a prevalence rate of 190 per 100,000 persons, and this reduced to 117 cases at a rate of 179 per 100,000 people in 2018.
Compared to other STDs, Chlamydia recorded the highest prevalence rate per 100,000 populations in 2017; 325.1 new infections.
As of 2017, primary and secondary Syphilis infections recorded a rate of 3.9 per 100,000 individuals which was the lowest rate when compared to other STDs.
In 2017, Gonorrhea cases were recorded at a rate of 83.9 per 100,000 people which made Raleigh County fourth in the top 10 list of West Virginia counties with highest Gonorrhea prevalence rates.
Stakeholders, sponsors, and other support agencies work together to ensure residents get maximum sexual health care to curb the occurrence of STDs in Raleigh County.
The Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department has programs in place to help meet this objective, and these include the Ryan White Program which avails a wide range of services such as housing, free transportation, utilities, and comprehensive medical care to PLWHA.
Armed with the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, the health department offers free or inexpensive medication to persons infected with HIV/AIDS.
Also, the West Virginia Insurance Continuation Program facilitates payment to settle premiums of PLWHA who are unable to pay their insurance premium rates.
Facilities offering STD services in Beckley City include the Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department, Planned Parenthood – Vienna Health Center, and AccessHealth.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing but individuals seeking the costless services may not receive prescriptions for medication and/or consultation services, and appointment booking may not be an option.