The county seat for Hancock County in Ohio, Findlay is a community of some 40,000 people. It is also a city experiencing an upswing in STD cases.
In fact, the big three STDs (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis) have all seen an increase in their prevalence rates during the five years from 2014 to 2018. Only HIV has seen a drop in its numbers with its prevalence rate dipping a slight 1.2% during that period.
Gonorrhea shows the largest increase in Findlay with their numbers more than doubling from 2014 to 2018 with a 134% increase. Those individuals of African American descent between the ages of 20 and 24 having the most cases.
“According to an article in The Courier, the resurgence in STDs is due largely to lack of information and funding to deliver that information.”
For those seeking more information and STD or HIV screening, there are several choices in the greater Findlay area. These include urgent care centers and hospitals.
The Hancock Public Health offices may also provide STD testing and resources. Found on County Road 140, they provide Ohioans in the Findlay area with a number of services.
Planned Parenthood of Ohio is also a viable option with their clinic in nearby Toledo, the Toledo Health Center. There are a number of services listed on their website including STD and HIV services that may include testing.
Often, clinics and health centers offer free STD testing. It is important to understand exactly what that means for that specific location as these services might have costs not listed upfront and may not be conveniently available.