Beltsville is a census-designated place in northern Prince George’s County. Public health records containing HIV surveillance data collected in 2014, 2015, and 2016 showed a fluctuation in new infections.
The documents showed that 362 new infections were reported in 2014, 385 in 2015, and in 2016, a slight drop was observed since there were 321 new infections.
The rate of new Gonorrhea infections as of 2017 was 140.7 in every population of 100,000, while in 2017, they were at a prevalence of 219.2 in every 100,000 individuals.
Local public health administrators recorded Chlamydia diagnoses at a rate of 740.4 in 2016, while the rate of infection in 2018 was 877.9.
Furthermore, an undulation was noted in the prevalence of Syphilis infections between 2014 and 2016. The rate of infection in 2014 was 12.4, but it then dropped to 8.9 in 2015 and increased again to 12.1.
The Prince George’s County Department of Health and Human Services has been utilizing funds received from the state government for HIV/STD screening, treatment, and prevention to provide access to free condoms and PrEP medications as well as widen the reach of outreach services. To guarantee a reduced number of HIV/STD infections in the region, the county department’s prevention efforts have been focused on needle-sharing partners, low-income persons, persons positively diagnosed with HIV/STDs, and teenagers.
Clinics within the county offering HIV/STD services include the Prince George’s County Department of Health and Human Services, Planned Parenthood – Carol Whitehill Moses Center, Concentra Urgent Care, Medwell Beltsville Medical Walk-in Clinic, and the Briggs Chaney Walk-in Clinic.
Some of the problems you may encounter when seeking low-cost or free STD testing at these medical centers include predetermined eligibility requirements and long wait hours.