Defiance is a city in and the county seat of Defiance County. The county’s public health records hinted towards an uptick in the incidence rate of new HIV infections from 25 in 2016 to 27 in 2018.
According to data collected at the Defiance County Health Department, new Syphilis infections had been stable from 2016 to 2018. The first year of reference had two infections while in 2017 and 2018, there was only one case each year.
A significant increase was noted in the number of Chlamydia diagnoses made between 2016 and 2018, whereby 137 cases were recorded in 2016 at a prevalence of 359.0 per group of 100,000 persons and 190 in 2018 at a rate of 498.0 in every 100,000 individuals.
That aside, new Gonorrhea infections had also increased from 13 cases prevailing at 34.1 per 100,000 population in 2017 to 35 new infections at a rate of 91.7 in every 100,000 people in 2018.
To reduce the current trends in HIV/STD infection rates, public health officials can leverage the statewide HIV/STD prevention program to mitigate the spread of these infections by funding local health districts and community-based stakeholders. The program can provide free condoms, treatment options as prevention, PEP and PrEP medications, and demographically-selective educational materials.
For HIV/STD screening and treatment, you can visit the Defiance County Health Department, Mercy Health – Defiance Urgent Care, Rite Aid, and the CPC Women’s Health Resource.
A disclaimer, though, free STD testing may be available, but you may need an appointment in some clinics to access such services. Also, free STD tests may not be comprehensive.