Despite a commitment to execute a coordinated, multidisciplinary program to eradicate STD/HIV infections in Knightdale, NC, the initiative did not succeed, as indicated in the health reports.
For example, the county health department data noted an overall increase of HIV infections from 2,993 cases in 2017 to 3,133 in 2019.
The health department also noted a gradual rise of diagnosed Chlamydia infections from 6,093 at a rate of 5468.5 in 2017 to 6,594 cases at the rate of 593.1 in 2019.
The number of individuals diagnosed with Gonorrhea has escalated over the years. The health department’s data revealed that Gonorrhea rates gained from 2,081 cases at a rate of 194.2 in 2017 to 2,213 at a rate of 199.1 in 2019.
Syphilis had the least incidents compared to other STDs. The total number of both primary and secondary syphilis increased from 128 at a rate of 11.9 in 2017 to 160 cases at the rate of 14.4 in 2019.
Wake County Health Department has launched an ambitious plan that incorporates traditional approaches to generate new synergy to improve the effectiveness of the strategies to reduce STD/HIV cases. Some of these approaches include enhanced health promotion and expanded clinical and laboratory services.
Several medical facilities within Knightdale, NC, such as Planned Parenthood – Raleigh Health Center and Duke Urgent Care Knightdale, offer HIV/STD services. Other facilities include UNC REX Hospital and WakeMed Cary Hospital.
Residents may receive free STD testing in most of the clinics. However, they might experience a few challenges, such as inconvenient hours and long wait times, and bookable appointments might not be an option.