Bellefontaine, OH, is a city in and the county seat of Logan County. The HIV prevalence rate remained relatively constant over the past few years at 19 per 100,000 persons in 2018 and 2019 and 21 in 2020.
According to data from the Ohio Department of Health, STD Surveillance Program, Chlamydia infections in the county reduced from a rate of 246.1 in 2014 to 171.9 per 100,000 individuals in the following year, before escalating to 319.9 in 2018.
The rate of Gonorrhea incidences showed fluctuations, with a progressive decrease from 61.5 per 100,000 persons in 2014 to 37.6 in 2016, followed by an upward surge to 50.7 and 77.2 in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
The county also experienced fluctuations in the rate of Syphilis infections, with a decrease recorded from 6.6 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 2.2 in the following year, before eradication in 2016. However, there was an upward surge to 6.6 in 2017, followed by a 66.7% decrease to a rate of 2.2 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
The Logan County Health District partners with local healthcare providers to increase STD/HIV screening to safeguard both men’s and women’s reproductive health, including those in the Bellefontaine area. It also collaborates with the Ohio Department of Health in running a comprehensive STD/HIV program that delivers risk reduction counseling, testing, and treatment services to city dwellers and individuals at high risk of HIV exposure.
You can access an array of sexual health services, including STD/HIV testing at Planned Parenthood – Springfield Health Center. Other facilities include Family Urgent Care, Mary Rutan Hospital, and Mercy Health – Urbana Hospital.
Also, some city clinics offer free STD testing, but doctor consultation might not be available, and you may experience long wait times.