Erie County might have lower than average STD rates and this is a good sign. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the rates are low, just lower than the national average; across the state STD rates have been rising.
Statistics for 2017 reported 1,253 cases of chlamydia, 208 cases of gonorrhea, and 19 cases of syphilis. Rates across the state averaged 444.7 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 residents and 114.1 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 residents. Worryingly, antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea are now being reported, as well.
Over half of all new STD cases are reported among sexually active individuals under 30 years of age.
According to the Erie County HIV Task Force, one out of every seven persons living with HIV don’t know that they’re infected. Various locations throughout the county offer services, free STD testing if you can show i.d. and free condoms to help stop the spread of infection.
Many locations exist in the Erie area for testing. Locations include the Northwest Pennsylvania Rural AIDS Alliance on State, Adagio Health on West 11th Street, and the Erie County Department on Health on West 2nd Street.