Colesville, MD, is an unincorporated area and a census-designated place in Montgomery County. The county had an undulation in the number of HIV cases diagnosed between 2015 and 2018.
In 2015, the county’s public health department received 153 notifications of new infections, and in the following year, 158 reports were made. This number rose slightly to 164 cases in 2017, and in 2018, a reduction was apparent, since 128 persons were reportedly positively diagnosed.
A similar inconstancy was true in the case of new Gonorrhea infections recorded between 2016 and 2018. There were 563 new infections tabulated in 2016 at a prevalence rate of 53.7 in every population of 100,000, whereas in 2017, 726 cases were recorded at a rate of 68.6 per 100,000 residents. By 2018, that number had dropped to 660 new infections prevailing at a rate of 62.3 in every group of 100,000 residents.
Moving on, officials noted an upward trend when comparing Chlamydia surveillance data collected between 2017 and 2018. In the first year of reference, 4,029 new infections happened at a rate of 380.5, while in 2018, 4,410 cases were reported at a rate of 416.5.
Additionally, new Syphilis infections had doubled between 2016 and 2018. While officials reported 33 cases in 2016 at a rate of 3.1, 2018 had 66 newly diagnosed patients at an infection rate of 6.2.
The county’s public health representatives attribute the positive outcomes they’ve witnessed to the improved management of state funds by ensuring enhanced access to screening options and prevention education. To maintain the same trend, they’ve been keen on working under the statewide prevention plan’s guidance that involves identifying adversely affected communities and addressing the key barriers to accessing or delivering HIV/STD services.
You can get tested at the Dennis Avenue Health Center, Planned Parenthood – Gaithersburg Health Center, Briggs Chaney Walk-in Clinic, and the Montgomery County Health Department.
Some of the clinics may avail free STD testing. However, some may have inconsistent wait times, and you may be inconvenienced by their opening and availability hours.