In recent years, Ohio has hovered around #15 in the ranking of US states by STD rates. Health officials blame cuts in public health funding for the rising rates, as well as insufficient sex education in schools. As a suburb of Columbus, Dublin shares that city’s STD problems.
In 2015, Franklin County had an HIV prevalence rate of 431 per 100K people. The highest numbers would have been in Columbus itself. The actual rate is certainly higher, as many (possibly most) infected people do not yet know it.
In 2017, there were 9,417 chlamydia cases in Franklin County, at a rate of 744.7 per 100K people. Ohio’s rate was 528.9. The gonorrhea and syphilis rates were 351.8 and 48.1.
Health officials urge every sexually active person to be tested at least once a year, even if they are not experiencing symptoms, as many STDs are asymptomatic in the beginning.
There are not many STD-testing clinics in Dublin, but there are more options if you can get to Columbus or another suburb. At least one charitable clinic provides free STD testing, but there may be a wait for these services.
The Little Clinic on Hospital Dr provides STI testing and treatment. The Walgreens Healthcare Clinic on Dublin Granville Rd provides HIV screening and support.