The 9th largest city in Indiana, Gary, has actually experienced some population decline since the 1960s. Down about 55% from their peak population, yet Lake County (where Gary is located) is still one of the highest counties in the state for sexually transmitted disease rates. By the end of 2017, Lake County had a total of 1,214 people living with HIV/AIDS. With 48 of those being newly diagnosed cases for the year.
New cases of chlamydia in 2016, while still high, was the lowest Lake County had seen since before 2012.
2,193 new diagnoses were given out, putting their rate at 449.7 per 100,000 people. It was the same story for gonorrhea, with 2016 having lower numbers than the previous 5 years. The total number of new cases: 567. Rate of occurrence: 116.3 per 100,000 people living in Lake County. Unfortunately, syphilis didn’t get the memo. The Gary area reported 43 new cases of (primary & secondary) syphilis, at a rate of 8.7 per 100K. A higher rate than the last 5 years and double the rate for 2012 (4.3 per 100K).
If you are looking for testing in Gary, the health department is on 5th Avenue. There’s a Planned Parenthood on Broadway. They test for the following STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis (BV), and HIV. The Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana offers screening for both chlamydia and gonorrhea. While it is often free STD testing, there may be some lab fees. There’s also an HIV testing center over in Hammond called Aliveness Project the NWI.
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