Cases of sexually transmitted diseases have been on the rise in Maryland. Among the STD hotbeds in the state is Hartford County. Health authorities have identified chlamydia, HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea as the most common STDs.
According to 2017 data released by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, the county recorded a chlamydia rate of 189.8 per 100,000, which was lower than the state rate, 462.6.
Additionally, a 2017 Hartford County Fact Sheet by the Maryland Department of Health indicated that the county registered 24 incidences of HIV in 2017. Among those living with HIV, 30.9% were adults between 50-59 years, and 66.2% were males.
The Maryland Department of Health’s Center for HIV Prevention and Health Services aims to provide HIV testing services to all individuals. The program also provides STD/HIV information, partner notifications, case management, etc. MDH also operates the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program, which provides housing assistance to the low-income, infected persons.
Getting tested is the only way to know your STD/HIV status. Luckily, the Harford County Health Department STD Clinic, located at 1321 Woodbridge Station Way, may provide STDs services on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may also receive prevention and counseling services.
Alternatively, you can visit the Baltimore County Health Department clinics, one at 1538 Country Ridge Lane and another at 1811 Woodland Dr. You can also go to the Montgomery County Health STD clinic along Dennis Ave in Silver Springs.
Some local health centers in Edgewood may provider free STD testing, but, these clinics may open at inconvenient times and you might deal with long waiting hours. Furthermore, the costs may not be upfront and doctor consultation might not available.