Putnam County hosts Kent town, and it has over the past years recorded changing STD statistics. In 2017, the number of new HIV infections was four and reduced to one incident in 2018.
Early syphilis cases increased from 10 at a prevalence rate of 10.9 in 2017 to 16 new positive diagnoses in 2018 with an occurrence rate of 16.7 per 100,000 population.
Primary and secondary syphilis cases also showcased a surge, from four new cases at a rate of 3.3 in 2017 to six diagnoses with a prevalence rate of 6.2.
Chlamydia incidents also had an upsurge from 182 infections happening at a rate of 209.2 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 187 positive cases prevailing at a rate of 207.1 per 100, 000 persons in 2018.
Gonorrhea recorded a reduction in new infections, from 27 incidents reported at a rate of 29.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2017 to 23 positive cases with an occurrence rate of 24.5 per 100,000 persons in 2018.
Putnam County Department of Health safeguards the sexual health of people living in the Kent area through programs such as the Hepatitis Immunization Initiative that caters to the screening and vaccination of individuals at risk of contracting Hepatitis A and B.
The staff also delivers STD awareness and HIV testing, diagnostics, and linkage to care services.
Open Door Family Medical Centers – Brewster and Sun River Health Jeannette J. Phillips are some STD testing facilities that serve the Kent area.
Some clinics may offer free STD testing services. However, you may experience delays in getting your test results, and aftercare prescriptions may not be an option.