As STD rates rise in epidemic proportions across the country preventative measures are required to decrease transmission and increase overall wellbeing. Harrisonburg, which is part of the Northwest region as determined by the Virginia Department of Health, reported a rising five year syphilis trend with a resulting reported 7 cases of early syphilis in 2017.
Gonorrhea cases totaled 24, following a slowly decreasing trend over the previous three years. Chlamydia cases came in at a total of 400 diagnoses, following an uprising trend similar to syphilis. New HIV diagnoses totaled 63 cases across the city in 2017.
To help combat the growing STD rates, the Virginia Department of Health has cultivated community partnerships to help assess and promote healthy living.
HIV prevention through PrEP and nPEP prescriptions is growing as one of the key tactics in public health approaches, along with free STD testing if you qualify. Private and public testing centers can be found within a short drive.
From the Virginia Department of Health on North Mason Street to the Pendleton County Health Department on Mill Road in nearby Franklin, there are many testing center options around! Low cost services are offered throughout the area to those who are uninsured or underinsured.