Among the infectious diseases diagnosed in Washington County, sexually transmitted infections (STDs) are the most prevalent. In recent years, the STD/HIV rates have increased, prompting the county health officials to monitor the pandemic in the bid to curb its spread.
According to a health surveillance report issued by the County Health Rankings, the total number of chlamydia incidences in 2014 was 454 cases. New infections occurred at a rate of 303.5 incidences per 100,000 individuals.
Another 2017 report by the Washington County Health Department (WCHD) indicated that there was a total of 333 HIV cases since 2007, with the highest number of HIV incidences recorded in 2008. In 2016, there were six HIV diagnoses.
The WCHD, through its HIV Program, provides HIV/AIDS Case Management services aimed at helping HIV-positive clients to maintain a healthy lifestyle by providing quality, and low-cost treatment options. That include transportation services, nutritional supplements, and assistance with insurance cover.
Additionally, you may receive STD/HIV testing services at the Washington County Health Clinic situated on Pennsylvania Ave. Besides testing, at-risk clients may be placed under a PrEP prevention plan to reduce their risk of contraction.
Another STD testing site is the Community Free Clinic located along Mill Street. The health center may provide STD testing and counseling, pregnancy testing, gynecological examinations, and general women’s health. You may also visit the Planned Parenthood clinic along Thomas Johnson Drive in Frederick.
Other medical facilities in Hagerstown may render free STD testing. However, they may open at inconvenient times, and usually have long waiting queues.