In Buckhall VA, a city in Prince William County, the rates of HIV/STD infections have steadily risen over the years, and in some instances, they have varied. In 2013, HIV infection rates were 11.9 and slightly increased to 12.0 per 100,000 in 2019.
In 2018, Chlamydia rates had almost doubled to 493.7 per 100,000 from 293.6 recorded in 2011.
Gonorrhea infection rates also increased at the same pace from 38.1 in 2011 to 74.5 in 2018. However, a variation was noted from 2011 to 2013, when they dropped from 38.1 to 32.8, respectively, before increasing to 36.8 in 2018.
There was also a spike in Syphilis rates from 3.8 in 2011 to 7.6 in 2016.
With the knowledge that risk behaviors are the primary cause of increased HIV/STD infection rates, the Prince William County Health Department has set up programs to address such conduct. It intends to reduce indulgence in substances such as alcohol by the residents as they enhance risky behavior. The health department also conducts gender-based research to know how each gender contributes to increased infection rates and how to prevent new infections. It also aims at improving communication skills and negotiations into safe sex practices.
Planned Parenthood- Carol White hill Moses Center, ExpressCare Urgent Care Center, and Kaiser Permanente Manassas Medical Care are some of the health facilities where you can get tested or treated for HIV/STDs.
What’s more, some clinics provide free STD testing in the town, but at irregular hours, and you may encounter long waiting lines due to many people.