Findings from the Health Department of Fairfax County noted widespread of STD infections in Idylwood, VA. Fortunately, the health department efforts to curb HIV infections were successful because the cases dropped from 2,329 in 2015 to 2,199 in 2020.
Chlamydia was the most frequently reported STI in Idylwood, VA. The infections rose from 2,261 at a rate of 193.5 in 2013 to 3,356 at 282.7 in 2017. The report also indicated a significant increase of Gonorrhea cases from 312 at a rate of 26.7 in 2013 to 572 at 48.2 in 2017.
Syphilis incidences gained from 64 at a rate of 5.5 in 2013 to 95 at 8.1 in 2017. More than 60 percent of the men’s cases were noted to be among men who have sex with men.
The County Health Department of Fairfax County works with Disease investigation specialists (DIS) to prevent infections. DIS ensures immediate treatment of patients and promotes HIV/STD testing. They also partner with community agencies to deliver PrEP referrals and sexual health education to PLWHA and high-risk populations.
Residents can access STD services from medical facilities, such as Planned Parenthood – Carol Whitehill Moses Center and AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care. They may also opt for Inova Fairfax Hospital and Virginia Hospital Center: Public Affairs for STD/HIV test and treatment.
Patients may receive free STD testing in some of the clinics. Although, prescriptions for after test care might not be available if they’ve tested positive, and walk-in options might not exist.