A decade ago, no one thought STD rates would be at high levels as they are today in Clark County, SC. Health officials account the increase to improved reporting. Even so, many individuals haven’t been tested to know their status.
According to a Health Report posted on The Columbian (2018), Clark County recorded an increase in gonorrhea rate from 85.9 incidences per 100,000 population to 108.5 in 2017. In 2016, syphilis and herpes rates were 4.6 and 50.1, respectively. However, these rates increased in 2017 to 7.0 and 64.8.
Additionally, the report showed a decrease in chlamydia cases. In 2016, the rate was 414.7, but in 2017, the morbidity was 393.8.
HIV can also be transmitted from mother to child. “One Test. Two Lives” campaign focuses on expending testing services to pregnant/expectant mothers. The program also provides medical supplies to obstetric caregivers with testing kits to ensure their clients get tested.
Orchards residents who’d love to know their HIV/STD status can head to the Cascade AIDS Project of Southwest Washington located along Commerce Ave, Longview and E 33rd St, Longview.
You can also visit the Options 360 STD Clinic, which lies on W Main St, Battle Ground or the one along 104th Ave, Vancouver. Besides, you can also go to the Clark County Public Health clinic located along 33rd St, Vancouver.
Furthermore, you can opt to local clinics in Orchards which render free STD testing and screening services. However, you may not have multiple modes of payment or the clinics might not offer comprehensive STI tests. In addition, the doctors may be unavailable on site or through phone because they work on tight schedules.