Kenton County has one of the highest incidences of HIV and AIDs in the state of Kentucky. In 2016, 183 people out of every 100,000 had HIV or AIDS in Independence and Kenton County. However, it was reported that in 2017 there was a 50% increase in the number of people contracting HIV. It is believed that this significant increase is a result of the injection drug crisis.
It has also been reported that in 2017 there were over 1000 new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in Kenton county.
This data indicates that residents of Independence are at a high risk of contracting STDs or HIV.
Independence and Kenton county have some of the highest rates of HIV in the state of Kentucky and the number of new incidences is increasing each year, this has caused health officials to urge at-risk residents to undergo regular HIV and STD testing.
Due to the worrying prevalence of HIV in Independence and Kenton County, local health officials have implemented programs to prevent the further spread of disease. These initiatives include syringe access exchange programs to prevent residents from being infected with HIV through injection drugs.
Increasing STD and HIV rates have also led some health clinics to offer free STD testing services. However, some people may not be eligible to receive free treatment due to income, insurance, and location requirements.
If you think you need an HIV or STD check you can choose from a number of local public and private clinics. The Little Clinic and the Northern Kentucky Health Department are both viable options and you can also consider HealthPoint Family Care (Florence Medical and Dental).