Cuyahoga County is among the regions in Ohio with over-the-roof STD rates. The incidents rate for STDs in the county may increase, considering most people are yet to seek testing services.
According to an STD Surveillance Report by Cleveland Health (2003-2015), chlamydia incidences rose exponentially from 7,077 cases in 2003 to 10,304 in 2011, which was the highest number recorded in the last decade.
Further, in 2014, the county ranked No. 13 for the highest number of new gonococcal incidences in the US, with a total of 3,213 cases and a rate of 254.4%.
Start Talking. Stop HIV is one of the prevention programs created to mitigate the HIV pandemic. The program is meant for gay and bisexual men and pushes them to open up freely to their partners regarding their HIV status. It also offers tips and strategies to help them practice prevention.
Without getting tested, you may put your partners at the risk of contracting an STI. Several clinics offer testing services within Cuyahoga County. You can go to the Cleveland Department of Public Health (McCafferty Health Center) along Lorain Ave, Cleveland.
Other alternatives include the J Glen Smith Medical Center on St. Clair Ave, and Care Alliance Clinic, also situated along St. Clair Ave in Cleveland. You can also go to the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services on Hough Ave.
You can also count on other clinics that might render free STD testing services within Parma Heights. However, people might know the reason for your visit or you may wait for long hours to be served since the clinics experiences long queues. Also, the tests may not be as free as you think, some require extra cash.