Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland and a city in Cuyahoga County, is susceptible to the same STD epidemics as larger cities in Ohio.
In 2014, Cuyahoga County was ranked 20th in the U.S. for chlamydia infections, with 9,072 cases reported and a rate of 718.2 per 100,000. Since the population has decreased since 2010, this is a particularly worrying statistic for Cuyahoga residents.
Cuyahoga County experienced relatively low STD rates in 2008, with 189.4 per 100,000 residents diagnosed with gonorrhea and 2,432 cases recorded. In 2015, the case rate for gonorrhea increased to 236.77 per 100,000 and 3,031 cases.
Chlamydia is also on the rise, with 720 cases per 100,000 reported in 2015 and 803 cases per 100,000 recorded in 2016. Signaling a need for sexual health awareness in younger residents, most predominantly affected are those in the age groups 20-24 and 25-29.
Since the HIV prevalence rate for Cuyahoga County is also on the rise, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health has worked in conjunction with the Cleveland Department of Public Health to offer vital HIV support to affected residents, including those living with HIV, those at risk, and their families.
Information services provided by the Cleveland Department of Public Health to help Cuyahoga County residents locate the aid they need include the First Call for Help service. Also, support is offered through clinic sessions at the West Side Clinic on Venture Drive and the East Side Clinic at South Pointe Hospital.
Facilities that can provide appropriate examinations and STD treatments include the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic on Warrensville Center Rd, CVS MinuteClinic on Cedar Rd, and the Concentra Urgent Care clinic.
Several clinics in and around Cuyahoga County may offer free STD testing. However, results might not be immediate, and wait times at the clinics can be inconsistent.