Bethany City is located in Oklahoma County, one of the counties that has faced a significant surge in HIV/AIDS as well as STDs. The CDC report shows that in 2016, the males were more infected by HIV than females. The HIV prevalence rate in that year was 338.0 per 100,000 people. In the previous year, the prevalence rate was 329.6 out of 100,000 people. In comparison, the statistics indicated an upward trend from 2015 to 2016.
A major crisis was reported in Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis, which had an alarming increase of about 7% from 2016 to 2017. Syphilis infections spiked from 93 cases in 2015 to 176 cases in 2017. Gonorrhea infections spread from 1,846 cases to 2,606 cases by 2017.
Chlamydia is termed as the most common STD, recording a higher number of cases than other infections. In 2015 there were 5,235 reported cases of infections, which hiked to 5,693 cases by 2017. The most affected group of people are female aged 15 to 24 years.
“We have several agencies, educating people about practicing safe sex and taking advantage of health screening facilities to know their status. “Toby Jenkins Executive Director, Oklahoma for Equality.
Bethany City has plenty of public and private screening facilities where you can get tested for HIV/STD. Some of them offer free STD testing, although you might have to be very patient as test results might not be immediate. Furthermore, most of them lack doctor’s consultation.
Some of the testing facilities include; Oklahoma City-County Health Department West, located 4330 NW 10th St Oklahoma City, and Red Rock Behavioral Health Services Expressions Community Center located 2245 NW 39th St Oklahoma City.