There was an upsurge of HIV infections in Greenfield, a city in Hancock County. The infections rose from 32 at a rate of 58 in 2013 to 53 at a rate of 88 by 2017.
Chlamydia continues to be the most commonly reported STI in the county. A total of 172 cases at a rate of 243.5 were reported in 2012, and by 2016, there were 217 infections at a rate of 299.8 per 100,000 persons.
Gonorrhea cases were relatively low in the county and fluctuated over the observed period. The infections gained from 19 cases at a rate of 26.9 in 2012 and hit the relatively high figure of 50 at a rate of 69.1 by 2016.
It was interesting to note that there were zero Syphilis infections over the entire period. This was attributed to the reduction of cases in men who have sex with men.
Hancock County Department of Health has noted high rates of STI/HIV infections among young adults and teenagers and has developed an extensive city social marketing campaign to reach this group. The campaign involves digital, print, and social media platforms.
There are several modern medical centers in Greenfield city where residents can access HIV/STD services such as Hancock Immediate Care and Planned Parenthood – Eastside Health Center. Other medical facilities located near the Greenfield include Hancock Regional Hospital and Hancock County Health Department.
Free STD testing may not be available in most medical centers in the city. However, if you are lucky to receive the tests you may be required to pay a doctor’s consultation fee and provide proof of income to show you are incapable of making the payment.