There has been a worrying increase in STD incidences, as many people in Howard County continue to contract STIs. The surging numbers are due to improved medical systems, increased online dating, and bolstered STD surveillance.
According to a 2018 Release by the Howard County Health Department, the county documented record-high STD rates in 2016, with a 300% increase in chlamydia infections, from 62 cases in 1996 to 271 in 2016. Twenty-nine percent of youths aged 15-19 tested positive to chlamydia.
Over the ten years, gonorrhea rates shot by 13%. Among individuals between 15-19 years, 14% were reported to be newly infected with gonorrhea.
The Howard County Health Department operates both Part A and B programs of the Ryan White AIDS Foundation. The program offers HIV+ individuals to gain access to housing opportunities, transportation to medical facilities, food bank. It also focuses on providing quality care services to the underinsured or uninsured people with AIDS.
Getting tested allows you to know your STD status and prevent adverse health consequences. You may get tested at the Howard County Health Department at 8930 Stanford Blvd, or the Baltimore County Department of Health at 1811 Woodlawn Dr.
Another option is the Baltimore City Health Department (Eastern STD Clinic) at 620 N Caroline St. The clinic may provide STD testing services and Rapid HIV oral tests.
Other alternatives include local clinics that might render low-cost or free STD testing in Ilchester. Nevertheless, free testing may only be limited to certain STDs. Walk-ins may not be an option, and the hours of operations might not be consistent.