Newport, KY, is a home rule-class city in and one of the four-county seats of Campbell County. The city is also a major urban center of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. Surveillance data related to the district indicated a drop in the number of new HIV infections recorded between 2015 and 2016.
In 2015, there were 34 new HIV patients diagnosed at a rate of 7.5 in every population of 100,000 while 2016 had 25 new cases rated at 5.5 in every cluster of 100,000 subjects.
The rate at which new Chlamydia infections were reported in the district increased from 129.6 to 192.3 cases per 100,000 population in 2007 to a range of 149.39 and 279.06 per 100,000 residents in 2008.
On the other hand, the rate of new Gonorrhea infections dropped between 2007 and 2008. In 2007, new infections happened at a rate of between 49.0 and 93.9, whereas in 2008, the rate of infection was between 15.34 and 92.54.
Similarly, a reduction was evident in the rate at which new Syphilis infections were reported within the same time frame. The infection rate lay between 2.0 and 3.7 in 2007 and 1.49 and 3.49 in the following year.
The Northern Kentucky Public Health Department has been supporting local health authorities at the county level to fight the spread of HIV/STDs by collaborating with positively diagnosed patients to ensure they get access to care and coordinate condom and PrEP distribution programs. It has also been conducting extensive testing outreach screening campaigns that focus on injection users.
Clinics offering comprehensive HIV/STD services in Campbell County include The Little Clinic, CareFirst Urgent Care – Newport, Planned Parenthood – Cincinnati Surgical Center, and the Campbell County Health Department.
Some clinics offer free STD testing, but only to qualifying patients under certain income and welfare eligibility guidelines. Moreover, prescriptions for after test care may be unavailable if you test positive.