The number of HIV infections for Laurel, VA, a census-designated place in Henrico County, decreased from 2015 to 2019. In 2019, the city reported 43 new cases at a rate of 13.1 per 100,000 population. Men were the most affected, more so those in the 15-19 age group.
Chlamydia positivity rates were highest from 2009 to 2011, with 13.6%. Most reported cases were from adolescent males, and the number of infections decreased with increasing age. Engagement in high-risk behaviors such as marijuana use resulted in the increasing number of Chlamydia cases.
Gonorrhea cases were low at 3.4% between 2009 to 2011. Male infections were the highest in the 15 to 19 years age group due to multiple sex partners and failure to use condoms.
Syphilis cases in the city were low at 0.65 from 2009 to 2011. Most patients were from males in the 15 to 19 years age group. Analysis conducted attributed low education to most of the syphilis cases.
The Henrico County Health Department has increased the number of STD/ HIV testing centers across the county to prevent infections. It offers HIV Test counseling and STD education to teenagers via social media platforms.
There are several health centers in Laurel City, such as East End Health Center and Richmond Urgent Care, where you can check your sexual health. Other facilities offering STD/HIV services include Bon Secours St. Mary Hospital and Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital also provide sexual health services.
Free STD Testing may be available; however, costs might not be upfront, and a doctor’s consultation might be at an extra charge.