Among the major problems facing the residents of Gahanna, OH, is sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Ohio Department of Health revealed in 2017 that the cases of chlamydia had risen in several counties in the state, among them being Franklin County. According to the Network of Care, the STD had a rate of 746.6 infections per 100, 000 residents in 2015 in the county.
The assistant health commissioner at Columbus Public Health in 2017 said that the rates of syphilis had risen by 80% in Franklin County within the period between 2013 and 2017. The STD’s reported cases were 220 in 2013, and by 2017, they had hit 412.
A report from the Columbus Public Health showed that Franklin County had 3,713 residents living with HIV in 2010. In 2014, the number of people recorded to be living with HIV was 4,642.
The Columbus Public Health offers the Sexual Health Program to people living within Gahanna, OH. They believe that by promoting STD testing services through the initiative can prevent the spread of the infections. It also provides STD prevention education to the locals.
Additionally, you can head to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Columbus to get tested for HIV. Other clinics where you can access the STD/HIV tests include the Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (Franklinton Health Center) and the Franklin County Health Department.
As you look for public health centers in Franklin County, you may find some of them offering free STD testing services. One of their shortcomings is that you might not find a doctor on site. Besides, you might have to pay to see them in case they are around.