The city of Canton, Ohio, is a great place to live, work, and visit. It is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the First Ladies National Historic Site. The birthplace of President William McKinley, it is also the home of the McKinley Presidential Library and the gravesite of William McKinley. The city boasts a population of about 71,000 people.
Canton is located in Stark County, which has seen an increase in sexually transmitted diseases over time. Syphilis rates remained at one or two cases per year from 2009 to 2016, with a jump to nearly three cases reported.
The Gonorrhea rate has gone from 133 cases in 2015 to 178 in 2016 while the number of Chlamydia cases have jumped from 436 to almost 500 during the same time period.
From Planned Parenthood to the Equitas Health Canton Medical Clinic and the Stark County Health Department, private and public testing sites are offered throughout the city.
While some free STD testing is available, small fees are charged at most of the clinics in Canton. HIV testing is offered at Planned Parenthood as well as the City of Canton Board of Health Department.
While free STD testing is tempting, there are disadvantages to it. With free testing, there can be unforeseen charges and a longer wait time to be able to obtain an appointment with a physician for treatment if you happen to test positive for a sexually transmitted disease or infection.