The annual HIV surveillance report recorded 28 cases of new HIV infections in Huron County in 2018. That was a notable increase from 2017 and 2016, which had reported 24 and 22 new infections in that order.
The number of reported Chlamydia cases in 2018 was 199 at a prevalence rate of 340.2. The records show an increase from the previous year, which had 187 cases at a prevalence rate of 319.7. Statistics for 2016 were 194 cases at a prevalence rate of 332.0.
The 2018 records show 27 reported gonorrhea cases at a prevalence rate of 46.2, a decrease from the 40 cases at a prevalence rate of 68.4 reported in 2017. The count in 2017 was higher than that of 2016, whose cases were 23, occurring at a rate of 39.4 per 100,000 population.
In 2016, the county had one case of syphilis at a prevalence rate 0f 1.7. In 2017 and 2018, the health department recorded a constant count of three at a prevalence rate of 5.1.
Huron County Health Department’s Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Program focuses on minimizing the spread of STDs through advocacy, education, diagnosis, and treatment.
Norwalk residents can visit Huron County Public Health and Planned Parenthood – Lorain Health Center for confidential STD screening and treatment. Other options include Abigail Pregnancy Services and Tiffin Community Health Center.
Some people may be eligible for free STD testing, but that may entirely depend on your level of income. Additionally, you might experience long wait hours.