Recent state health records show that there was a significant increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in communities throughout Allen County, including Lima, OH, from 2017 to 2018. Records show that the number of reported gonorrhea cases rose from 172 cases in 2017 to 298 cases in 2018. Chlamydia rates in the county also increased slightly, as the number of newly reported cases jumped from 604 cases in 2017 to 619 cases in 2018.
Syphilis rates in the county, however, dropped by 50 percent, as the number of reported cases (all stages) fell from 10 cases in 2017 to only 5 cases in 2018.
While STDs can affect people at any age, studies show that people between the ages of 15 to 25 are at a higher risk.
According to Allen County records, there were 154 county residents living with HIV at the end of 2017, of which 103 were male and 51 were female.
There are several health clinics in Lima, OH that may provide HIV or STD testing, including Equito Health Lima, Allen County Health Department, Lima Memorial Walk-In Clinic, and St. Rita’s Westside Urgent Care. In addition, the city has numerous private health care facilities and doctor offices that might offer STD testing. Many of these practices are located along Bellefontaine Avenue, East Market Street, or West North Street.
If you prefer, you can travel into Columbus where you will find additional health care centers that might provide STD and HIV testing, such as Out of the Closet – Columbus, The Women’s Clinic of Columbus, Planned Parenthood – North Columbus Health Center, Planned Parenthood – Franklin Health Center, and Ohio Association of Free Clinics.
Some clinics may even offer free STD testing, but there may be specific income guidelines that must be met for free services. In addition, some clinics have inconvenient and inconsistent hours, which could make it difficult to schedule an appointment.