HIV prevalence rate in Meadowbrook, VA, was 556 infections in 2018, which was an upward surge from the previous year of 517 cases. The high number of infections in the city indicates high, unsafe sexual activities in the city.
Chlamydia infections were reported at a rate of 384.6 per 100,000 population as of 2018, but at the end of 2019, the infections had increased to 460.8 per 100,000.
The upward surge of Chlamydia infections indicated other STDs, such as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Herpes, that may have been contracted through unprotected sexual intercourse.
To reduce the number of HIV/ STD infections, Chesterfield County Health Department provides health education to create awareness on prevention, treatment, risk factors, and care of HIV/STDs. The county also encourages HIV testing and STDs screening by providing HIV rapid testing during community events via partnered agencies and mobile testing units. Other measures taken by the county health department include participating in community events, such as health fairs that focus on teenagers and young adults aged 15 to 29 years.
Meadowbrook, VA, has numerous clinics and health centers providing free STD testing. Still, the doctor’s consultation might be at an extra charge, and meeting with a physician may be an uncomfortable, awkward, and likely personal discussion.
Planned Parenthood- Virginia Beach Health Center and Better Med Urgent Care offer STD/HIV screening services. Apart from the aforementioned health centers, you can also opt for Sentara Careplex Hospital or Hampton VA Medical Center for sexual health services.