There was a slight increment of HIV cases in Franconia, a census-designated area in Fairfax County, VA. The infections rose from 85 at a rate of 7.4 in 2015 to 86 at a rate of 7.5 in 2019.
Health reports indicated that Gonorrhea cases soared from 312 at a rate of 26.7 in 2013 to 572 at a rate of 48.2 in 2017. The infections were more frequent in the female population compared to men.
Syphilis infections gained from 64 cases at a rate of 5.5 in 2013 to 96 at a rate of 8.1 in 2017. Chlamydia cases were predominant in Franconia. There were 2,261 infections in 2013, and by the end of 2017, they had reached an all-time high of 3,356.
To curb the rates of HIV/STD infections, Fairfax County Health Department has adopted strategic measures, such as testing and linkage to care to ensure residents who test positive for HIV have access to treatment early. It also advocate for funding of individuals living with HIV to ensure they receive comprehensive care by supporting their treatment costs.
Residents may access STD/HIV services from medical centres, such as Planned Parenthood – Carol Whitehill Moses Center and Dominion Urgent Care. They may also visit Inova HealthPlex – Franconia/Springfield for sexual health services.
Patients may receive free STD testing in some of the clinics. However, prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’re tested positive and walk-in options might not exist.