First settled in 1797 in the heart of Lake County, Ohio, Mentor currently has a population of about 47,121 people. It is home to the Headlands Beach State Park, Squire’s Castle and the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. The city is also home to hundreds of people diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease each year.
In 2017, 156 males and 35 females were diagnosed as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) positive in the Mentor area. The Lake County Health Department also reports five cases of Syphilis in 2014 while 15 people were diagnosed with the disease in Mentor in 2017.
Chlamydia infections, which can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease in females if left untreated, were the most prevalent in Lake County with 770 cases reported in 2018, an increase of 63 cases since 2014.
Residents in the Mentor area can be encouraged, though, by the fact that there are six clinics and centers in the area that offer testing for all sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Three of those offer both private and free STD testing, although there are drawbacks to free clinics. It can be difficult to get an appointment in a timely manner and same-day testing is not always offered. There may also be unforeseen charges, bookable appointments may not be available, and there may not be a doctor on site for treatment.
Family Planning is one of the main STD testing sites in the Mentor area and located nearby are the Walgreens Health Clinic and the Lake County General Health District that also offer screenings for STDs.