Kettering, MD, is a census-designated place and an unincorporated community in Prince George’s County. The county recorded a reduced rate of HIV transmission between 2016 and 2017. In the first year of reference, HIV surveillance personnel registered an infection rate of 43.3 per 100,000 population while 2017 had a diagnostic rate of 41.9.
Conversely, the rate of Gonorrhea infections consistently rose between 2016 and 2018, where the rate of infection was 200.9 in 2017 and 219.2 in 2017. In 2018, new Gonorrhea cases happened at a rate of 221.3.
Similarly, Syphilis infection rates increased within the same period, with public health records showing an incidence rate of 12.1 in 2016 and 16.8 in 2018.
The rate of Chlamydia infections also followed an upward trend from 2015 to 2018. According to public health surveillance data, 2015 reported an incidence rate of 675.3, which rose to 740.4 in 2016, and to 877.9 in 2018.
The Prince George’s County Department of Health and Human Services employs a robust HIV/AIDS program to provide testing and referral services and anonymous testing and counseling to the residents. This is done to ensure that each person knows their status to prevent the further spread of HIV.
You can find HIV/STD screening and treatment at the Planned Parenthood – Prince George’s County Health Center, ExpressCare Urgent Care Center Largo, Lakewood Family Clinic, and the Prince George’s County Health Department.
Free STD testing may be available, but for some STDs, not all. Moreover, the costs may not be upfront.