Berea is a suburban city within Cuyahoga County that had increased new HIV infections between 2017 and 2019. According to HIV surveillance data dated 2017, there were 149 new infections at an incidence rate of 11.9 in every 100,000 individuals, whereas in 2019, 158 new infections at 12.8 in every population of 100,000, were reported.
Syphilis diagnoses reduced between 2017 and 2018. During this time, 378 cases had been recorded at 30.3 in 2017 while in 2018, the number of new infections was 298 at a prevalence of 23.9.
Meanwhile, public health administrators observed an exponential spike in the number of new Chlamydia infections. There were 10,108 new infections reported at a prevalence of 809.1 in 2016 while 2018 had 11,056 cases recorded at 885.5.
STD surveillance data showed that the number of Gonorrhea infections had dropped from 5,105 at a rate of 408.9 in every 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 4,563 cases at an incidence rate of 365.5 in every 100,000 people.
Cuyahoga County has realized some positive outcomes in the fight against the spread of HIV/STDs. However, more needs to be done, more so with state-funded STD/HIV prevention initiatives. Thus far, practices, such as social marketing and increased community engagement have helped raise awareness of the importance of undergoing testing, especially for high-risk persons, such as injecting drug users, high-risk heterosexuals, and individuals aged 15 to 24 years.
Clinics in Cuyahoga County that provide comprehensive and convenient HIV/STD services include the Cuyahoga County Board of Health clinic, Planned Parenthood – Rocky River Health Center, and the Family Planning Clinic Sexual Health Services.
Remember that some medical centers may require you to meet predetermined conditions to access free STD testing, while others cannot be accessed on a walk-in basis.