In 2016, Hamilton County’s HIV prevalence rate was 81.1 per 100K people, well under Indiana’s rate of 199.5. That same year, the county’s chlamydia rate was 206 per 100K people, under Indiana’s rate of 466. The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 42.9 and 1.6. Those aren’t too high, but they can still stand to come down.
Health officials are particularly worried about syphilis in Indiana. Once thought to be nearly eradicated, syphilis is making a comeback across the US and the state.
There are many possible reasons for this. One reason is the opioid crisis. Many parts of Indiana have major drug problems, and people may catch syphilis from contaminated needles or contract the disease when trading sex for drugs. Also, syphilis doesn’t have symptoms one would associate with an STD, so people don’t know they are infected, and they go on to infect others.
There aren’t too many clinics in Carmel, but there are many more options in Indianapolis. There is free STD testing available at the county level. As this is a public clinic, it may have a long wait time, increasing the likelihood that someone will see you there. There is also a charitable organization that provides free testing.