Fairfax County, where Merrifield, VA, is a census-designated place, experienced an escalation in HIV infections from a prevalence rate of 2,329 per 100,000 individuals in 2015 to 2,549 in 2017, followed by a progressive decrease to 2,209 and 2,199 in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Chlamydia infections spiked from an incidence rate of 182.2 per 100,000 persons in 2013 to 279.0 in 2017. Females aged 20 to 24 years reported the highest number of infections.
On the other hand, Gonorrhea infections remained relatively constant from 2013 to 2015 at a rate of 25.3 and 28.4 per 100,000, respectively. However, this was followed by an upward surge to 47.6 in 2017.
The rate of early syphilis infections increased by more than double from 3.3 per 100,000 individuals in 2014 to 7.9 in 2017. Males registered a higher number of infections than females.
The Fairfax County Health Department has an STI program that assists with screening and diagnosis, counseling, oversight of treatment, and various educational efforts emphasizing prevention of the spread of STIs. Members of the public in the census-designated place, including young adults, men who have sex with other men, and commercial sex workers, benefit from safer sex supplies from the health department.
Residents in the Merrifield area can visit Planned Parenthood – Carol Whitehill Moses Center to access various reproductive health care services, including screening for HIV and STIs. Other facilities include Fairfax Urgent Care and Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Some clinics in the census-designated place offer free STD testing services, but prescriptions for after test care might not be available if you’ve tested positive, and you may experience long wait times.