Berkeley County significantly contributes to the sexual health problems of West Virginia. There have been multiple STD instances reported over the past years. In 2017, new HIV cases reported were 145 at a rate of 162 per 100,000 people which escalated to 144 cases in 2018 at a rate of 156 per 100,000 people.
Chlamydia cases in 2017 recorded the highest prevalence rate of 277.9 per 100,000 persons. This was higher than the rate of Gonorrhea and primary and secondary Syphilis infections in the county.
In 2017, Berkeley County’s new Gonorrhea infections had a prevalence rate of 76 per 100,000 persons and were ranked 5th amongst West Virginia’s counties.
Primary and secondary Syphilis had the lowest prevalence rate of 6.3 per 100,000 persons as of 2017.
The Ryan White program provides HIV care-related services to west Virginians living with HIV/AIDS, including but not limited to transportation and housing assistance as well as comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care.
Through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, PLWHA may access free or low-cost medication. Additionally, the Health Insurance Continuation Program caters to the premium bills of HIV positive persons who can’t afford to pay their insurances.
Berkeley County Health Department, Shenandoah Community Health, and Planned Parenthood – Frederick Health Center of Frederick are some facilities you may choose if you’re seeking STD testing services.
Some institutions and medical centers based in Martinsburg City may offer charismatic services, including free STD testing. However, there may be the unavailability of walk-in options or inadequate physicians hence long wait times.