Over the course of the last few years the percentage of those living in Glen Burnie that has one STD or another has risen at times and fallen at others. The number of cases of hepatitis A reported in Glen Burnie rose from two in 2012 and four in 2014. Reported cases of Hepatitis B have gone up, with 83 residents having in in 2012 and 102 having it by 2014. However, reported cases of Hepatitis C dropped from 554 to 493. Both primary and secondary Syphilis has been on the rise with 15 cases reported in 2012 and 27 cases reported in 2014. In the case of chlamydia, the number went up from 1,439 in 2012 to 1,681 in 2014 as well. Cases of gonorrhea reported in 2012 were 230 and by 2014 the number of cases had increased to 322.
Glen Burnie residents can get tested at one of the many local facilities for STDs such as:
- Hepatitis C
There are few available statistics on STD testing in Glen Burnie, MD. The suburb’s population is not as affected by STDs as the populations of other suburbs and cities throughout the state of Maryland. As a small suburb, Glen Burnie is less at risk when it comes to its residents contracting an STD. Educational material and medical support is always available to those in Glen Burnie that do suffer from at least one or more sexually transmitted diseases.
At several health centers in Glen Burnie, MD residents can obtain a safe sex kit for free. Residents can either order their kit from a health center website or they can call the health center directly. The safe sex kit includes materials such as facts about STDs in general and HIV specifically. It also contains a list of local sites where HIV testing is performed. A condom carrying case is also included in the kit and is small enough to fit discreetly into either a purse or a pocket. This includes male condoms, female condoms and a dental dam for use in oral sex. When ordering the free kit individuals have the option of having it shipped to them in an in descript package that does not reveal its contents or where it is coming from.
There are many free clinics in Glen Burnie which will test patients for herpes. The test is done in a private setting and test results are kept confidential and only shared with the individual that they apply to. The Department of Health ensures that anyone in Glen Burnie who needs an HIV test will receive one in a timely manner. The health centers at local community colleges are equipped to test enrolled students who fear they may have been exposed to the HIV virus. There are many hotlines and websites dedicated to assisting residents of Glen Burnie with any needed STD testing. Toll-free informational hotlines provide residents with more information about both HIV and Herpes.
Since 2014, Glen Burnie has been administering free HIV tests in honor of National HIV Testing Day. Starting in 2015 the number of young adults contracting HIV began to rise in Glen Burnie. As of 2012, 39% of the young people that tested positive for HIV were between the ages of 20 to 29 years old. Just two years prior, the percentage of people in that age group diagnosed with HIV was lower than 30%. The increase in HIV positive diagnoses seemed to be concentrated in heterosexual women and homosexual men.
As a result of these rising numbers, churches in Glen Burnie have since begun to promote World AIDS day and encourage people who may have been put at risk to get themselves tested. Schools throughout Glen Burnie responded to the increase in HIV diagnoses by changing their health curriculum plans to include providing education on STDS, including HIV.
Outreach workers in Glen Burnie and beyond then began to focus on making HIV testing easy and convenient for young people to obtain. One way that they did this was by rolling out a mobile HIV testing van, in order to travel to those who need the services but don’t have the means to acquire them. Workers also made it a point to frequent areas where young people are, and hand out condoms to everyone for free. Obtaining HIV counseling in Glen Burnie is now something that young people can easily do.
Thanks to efforts made by community leaders and educational organizations there is no need for anyone in Glen Burnie to feel like they will be harshly judged for needed to undergo testing for STDs. The suburb continues to send the message that anyone who thinks they may be infected can seek the help and support they need in order to manage a positive STD diagnoses and/or avoid contracting one in the future. Teenagers and young adults are encouraged to become proactive when it comes to their sexual health and the health of the people they care for the most. Education and resources are always attainable for anyone in need. The negative stigma surrounding testing for HIV and other diseases is being eliminated from the local culture.