Like many cities in the country, communities in Allegany County, including Cumberland, Maryland, are struggling with rising STD rates.
From 2017 to 2018, the county had mixed results. While the number of new gonorrhea cases reported rose from 30 cases in 2017 to 41 cases in 2018, the number of new chlamydia cases decreased. County records show that chlamydia rates fell from 389.6 cases for every 100,000 residents in 2017 to 337.9 cases for every 100,000 residents in 2018.
While the county had no newly reported cases of primary or secondary stage syphilis in 2017, there was one new case of syphilis reported in 2018.
County surveillance records show that there were 6 new cases of HIV reported in 2017 and that 71 residents in Allegany County were living with HIV as of December 31, 2017.
There are several healthcare centers in Cumberland, Maryland, that may offer HIV or STD testing, such as the West Maryland Regional Medical Center, Allegany County Health Department, Tri-state Women’s Health Center, and Braddock Medical Group. Local, private physicians also may offer STD or HIV testing options. Many doctor’s offices in Cumberland are located along Seton Drive or near the National Freeway.
Cumberland residents may want to travel an hour west in Hagerstown to find access to several other clinics that might offer STD or HIV testing, including the Community Free Clinic, Hagerstown Pregnancy Center, and U.N.I. Urgent Care.
Some clinics may advertise free STD testing, but many of these locations might have limited clinic hours and offer only walk-in appointments. In addition, there may be income and residency regulations to qualify for free services.