A suburb in the Greater Cleveland area, Brecksville is a city in Cuyahoga County. Over the past years, there has been a surge in the number of new HIV incidences reported. In 2016, the number of new incidents was 3,939. The cases increased significantly to 4,122 in 2017 and 4,330 in 2018.
The new STD incident report investigated by Brecksville Health Department reported Chlamydia cases to be the highest among the STD infections. New cases reported were 10,108 in 2016, 11,055 in 2017, and 11,056 in 2018, showing a mixture of both upward and downward surges.
Gonorrhea was reported second, with new infections recorded in 2017 being 5,105 new incidents depicting an increase from the previous 3,749 cases in 2016. A significant drop was later reported in 2018 when 4,563 new cases were reported.
The rate of syphilis incidents recorded was not as pronounced as chlamydia and gonorrhea, but the count was still significant. New 329 cases were reported in 2016, 378 in 2017, and 298 in 2018.
The health department of Ohio and the local health authority has teamed up to provide counseling and testing services to reduce STD and HIV transmissions in Brecksville.
Planned Parenthood – Bedford Heights Surgery Center and Cleveland Clinic – South Pointe Hospital are some facilities that the residents of Brecksville can turn to for STD screening and treatment.
Residents can access free STD testing services in various clinics. However, walk-in options may not be available, and some tests may be free but not comprehensive.