Overlea, MD, is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County. New HIV infections fluctuated between 2016 and 2019. In 2016, 137 people tested positive, 117 in 2017, and an uptick to 123 cases was observed in 2018. In the final year of reference, a decrease was recorded, with officials reporting 117 diagnoses.
Similarly, new Chlamydia infections reduced from 4,480 in 2017, prevailing at a rate of 538.2 per 100,000 to 4,463 in 2018, occurring at a rate of 536.1.
An undulation was evident in the number of new Syphilis infections reported between 2016 and 2018. While 78 people tested positive in 2016 at a rate of 9.4, 2017 had 74 new cases at an incidence rate of 8.9. However, 2018 saw the cases rise to 103 at a rate of 12.4.
Gonorrhea infections reduced between 2017 and 2018. In 2017, there were 1,549 cases occurring at a rate of 186.1 while 2018 had 1,309 new infections prevailing at a rate of 157.2.
To combat the HIV/STD epidemic in the county, public health officials have been increasing outreach screening activities that target high-risk populations and enhance awareness among clinical service providers on the need to focus on the youth.
You can access HIV/STD services at the Planned Parenthood – Baltimore City Health Center, ExpressCare of Overlea, Baltimore Eastern Sexual Health Clinic, and the Baltimore County Department of Health.
While free STD testing may be available, the tests may not be comprehensive. Also, the free service may only cover some but not all STDs.