Chester County, home to Phoenixville, has recorded variating statistical information for STD rates and numbers over the past years. New HIV infections lessened from 479 diagnoses in 2017 to 392 in 2018.
Chlamydia cases recorded the highest STD count in 2017 and 2018. The record shows 1,203 infections at a prevalence rate of 231.7 in 2017. There was an increment to 1,321 positive diagnoses at a rate of 253.0 per 100,000 population in the following year.
Primary and secondary syphilis incidents surged from eight incidents in 2017 to 13 new recorded positive diagnoses in 2018.
Gonorrhea’s cases reduced from 163 new infections in 2017 happening at a prevalence rate of 31.4 to 149 new infections at a prevalence rate of 28.5 in 2018.
Chester County Health Department has been offering multiple STD prevention services through various programs to enable the reduction in the spread of STDs within the county.
The Prescription, Dental, and Health Discount Programs ensure patients with low-income acquire adequate medical services such as medication for STDs.
The STD/HIV eradication and prevention programs deliver services such as free or low-priced STD testing, partner notification, sexual behavior counseling and education, and PrEP medication for HIV at-risk individuals.
Washington West Project – Mazzoni Center and Planned Parenthood – Pottstown Health Center are some of the facilities offering STD screening services in the Phoenixville area.
You may receive free STD testing, although you might have to wait for a long period to receive your test results. Also, doctors’ consultation services might be unavailable in facilities that offer no-fee services.