In 2017 5 syphilis cases were reported across the Vanderburgh County area but by 2018 that number has exploded to an alarming 27 cases, an especially concerning increase for a disease that was almost eradicated. Also seeing increases, the rates for gonorrhea and chlamydia continued to increase across the county.
In 2017 there were 252 cases of gonorrhea and 1,032 cases of chlamydia reported. By 2018 there were 409 cases of gonorrhea and 949 cases of chlamydia reported in just the first six months of 2018.
Indiana law requires all persons who test positive for HIV or AIDS to inform their sexual partners prior to engaging in any sexual activity; failure to inform results in a Class B misdemeanor for accidental cases or a Class D felony for malicious intent. In response awareness events like World AIDS Day on December 1st, National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, and STD Awareness Month in April offer education, free STD testing, counseling services, and increasing safer sex practices.
Through regular testing you can take charge of your own health. On Northwest 4th Street you’ll find an AIDS Resource Group location and on Mulberry Street you’ll find a Vanderburgh County Health Department location. With multiple locations around the Evansville area it’s easy to find a testing center.