Harrison County is amongst the regions in West Virginia experiencing the STD epidemic. In 2017, new HIV diagnoses for persons aged 13 years and above in the county were 40 at a prevalence rate of 69.0 per 100,000 persons. In the succeeding year, the number of HIV infections recorded had a slight upsurge to 42 cases at a prevalence rate of 72 per 100,000 persons.
Newly diagnosed Chlamydia cases were 156 at a prevalence rate of 226.2 per 100,000 people in 2017 and reduced to 146 at a rate of 212.3 per 100,000 people in 2018. Although there was a plummet in the number of cases reported, Chlamydia cases were significantly higher than HIV infections.
The Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources offers programs and services which aid in reducing the worrying numbers of STD cases.
The programs include the West Virginia Insurance Continuation Program that assists in the payment of insurance premiums and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program that avails medication at a low cost or free of charge to PLWHA.
Courtesy of the West Virginia Ryan White Part B Program, HIV positive individuals may receive comprehensive medical care and housing and food assistance.
Clarksburg City has several health facilities that offer either low-cost or free STD testing, and they may include Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department, Grafton-Taylor County Health Department, Community Care of West Virginia, and Planned Parenthood – Vienna Health Center of Vienna.
Chargeless STD services may pose a challenge to clients, for instance, you may experience inconsistent wait times at some facilities, and some tests may be free but not comprehensive.